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The Ripken Experience Myrtle Beach Seeks Host Families for International Youth Players from Melbourne, Australia

By Ripken Baseball, 04/26/19, 11:00AM EDT

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World-Class Baseball Facility to Host Victorian Kookaburras at annual Surf’s Up Tournament from July 7 - 13

Myrtle Beach, S.C. (April 18, 2019) The Ripken Experience Myrtle Beach is seeking host families for international youth players from Melbourne, Australia this summer. The 14U and 16U Victorian Kookaburras baseball teams will visit the world-class baseball facility July 5-13 to compete in the annual Surf’s Up Week-Long Experience presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods. Host families will collectively serve as ambassadors for The Ripken Experience Myrtle Beach during the teams’ trip to provide a mix of fun baseball and non-baseball related activities on and off the diamond.

“Hosting the Victorian Kookaburras has continued to serve as an amazing cultural experience for both them and our domestic teams alike,” said Bobby Holland, general manager of The Ripken Experience Myrtle Beach. “We’ve hosted a multitude of international teams in years past and are always impressed with not only their competitive play, but also their high level of respect for the game, their opponents and host families.”

This year’s trip marks the Kookaburras’ fifth consecutive visit to The Ripken Experience Myrtle Beach and the complex’s seventh year hosting teams from Australia. The Victorian Kookaburras touring teams includes players from the city of Melbourne, the regional town of Mildura and the city of Brisbane. In total, the team will travel more than 30 hours from the State of Victoria in Australia to reach Myrtle Beach. The tour is focused around baseball participation, friendship and cultural exploration for the players and families traveling with the team.

“Through the hospitality of the generous host families in Myrtle Beach, many of whom enjoy the experience so much they return as host families the next year, our players and their families make lifelong friends with players, and continue to keep in touch long after the players have departed,” added Myles Foreman, tour executive officer of Victorian Kookaburras Baseball Tours.

The tour is being conducted by Victorian Kookaburras Baseball Tours Inc., a not-for-profit organization which provides the opportunity for Victorian baseball players to participate in 14U and 16U touring teams to the United States, while assisting players attend college in the US once they complete their education in Australia. For more information on the Victorian Kookaburras, visit www.victoriankookaburrasbaseball.com.au.

For more information on becoming a host family or ambassador for the Victorian Kookaburras, please contact Bobby Holland, general manager of The Ripken Experience Myrtle Beach at bholland@ripkenbaseball.com.