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Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Sports is about more than winning games

By the Advocate Editorial Board
Aug. 7, 2013 at 3:07 a.m.


Since their inaugural season in 2009, the Victoria Generals have brought fun, excitement and more to Victoria. Every year, from the first week of June to the middle of August, collegiate athletes come to our hometown to take part in the Texas Collegiate League.

But behind the games and ballpark action is a support system that hinges on everyday families who host the players year after year. According to the Generals' website, host families are responsible for providing some basic needs for players during the two and a half months the players are in Victoria. Players need a bed, access to a bathroom, one or two meals a day when the team is at home and access to the home either with a key or a garage door opener.

We applaud the families who are gracious and loving enough to accept these college players into their homes for the summer season. These families don't just give players a place to sleep and eat. Many of them, such as the Thornton and Shelby families featured in our Sunday Sports section, welcome these players and treat them as members of their families.

We would like to thank all of the families who volunteer their time and homes to host these players. Without your hospitality, the Generals would not be possible.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.

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