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Duluth FC Looking for Host Families

Baihly Warfield
Updated: April 25, 2019 06:20 PM

DULUTH, Minn. - Next week, the kits will be handed out and the Duluth Football Club season will be ready to kick off. 

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Coming off a top-four finish in 2018, the Bluegreens are hoping to carry the momentum into 2019. But many players still need somewhere to stay. 

"It's vital for these host homes, otherwise they can't come," Shannon Cornelius said. 

Cornelius hosted two players last season and will host two more from Italy this year. 

"It's just a great win-win where I just feel like we as a family have gleaned so much, and they're just so thankful," Cornelius said.

Cornelius said 8-12 players still need a host family. The team typically tries to place them in pairs. She raves about the host experience.

"A lot of times, they're foreign nationals. So they can't just go get jobs. So they look to contribute any way they can," she said. "So they will say, 'Hey, Shannon, how can I help?' and I'd be like, 'Fantastic. Here's some things you can do.' And they're so gracious. They're like, 'Done. Done.' I didn't do dishes once last summer."

She said it was also a blast learning about different cultures and teaching them too. This year, players from England, France, Brazil, Botswana and more will call Duluth home for a couple months. 

Mark Privratsky, the Duluth FC Community Services Director, said now is a great time to get involved with the Bluegreens.

"There's a lot of energy in soccer, and there's a lot of passion about making that connection to your local community because if you're talking about the NBA or the NFL, that's really distant," Privratsky said. "This is something that you can really grab hold of."

Host families get free season tickets and there are events throughout the summer. Cornelius said it's a 8-10 week commitment, depending on how far the team goes. 

Plus, Cornelius said it's a great fit for families with young soccer players because they have a built-in personal coach. 

The Duluth FC season kickoff and kit reveal is 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, April 30 at Duluth Cider. The season opener is at 3 p.m. May 5 on the Duluth East football field. 

If you can help host, there is more information on the Duluth FC website.

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