Host families prepare for Chinese baseball team

Published: Jul. 26, 2019 at 4:44 PM CDT
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In two weeks, Bismarck Parks and Rec will drag the fields and chalk the lines to welcome the Babe Ruth World Series.

Besides maintenance around town, there's a lot going on to make one international team feel at home.

The Klipfel family already has two athletes of their own playing in the World Series tournament, however that's not stopping them from hosting a few more from another country.

Carter and Jackson are practicing for the Babe Ruth World Series, and are also preparing to host one of their competitors.

"Two kids that are coming here, and we're going to have to make a lot of sleeping arrangements, and us sleeping on couches and they're in beds," said Jackson Klipfel, a Bismarck Capitols 15’s player.

"Part of Babe Ruth baseball is some of the social and cultural experiences you can get," said Kevin Klipfel, a host dad.

After years of hosting athletes, the Klipfel family is making an addition to their household roster for 10 days.

"There's going to be all kinds of kids running around, having fun. But, most importantly we're going to play baseball and just learn from each other," says Kevin.

Although distance separates the Chinese players from home, their love for baseball is shared with the Klipfel's.

"We may look different and act different, but we're all pretty much the same," said Kevin.

As for Carter and Jackson, they play for the Bismarck Capitols 15's team, which will make them competitors with their new roommates.

"Maybe we'll be more like friends and goof around during the game or something like that," said Jackson

But off the field, friends, who are learning more about each other every day.

"You don’t get the chance to hang out with international kids very often, the fact they're staying at my house, I mean, it’s going to be an experience,” said Carter Klipfel, a Bismarck Capitols 15’s player.

Making new friends, around the diamond, and around the world.

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