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Tucson Saguaros looking for host families

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They wear numbers 11 and 14 on the field, but Burnell Dailey and Tom McKenna are both number 1 in the hearts of the Kiser family.

"We have three kids haha. We have three kids of our own," said Annie Kiser.

Dailey and McKenna are staying with the Kisers as part of the Tucson Saguaros host family program.

The Kisers say it's a great way to support the team and their community at the same time.

"We just wanna support baseball in Tucson. We want to have something for our family to do, it's a fun family cheap activity. We want them to be successful," said Kiser.

Both Dailey and McKenna say the program is a big help.

Independent league baseball players don't make a lot of money, so having a place to stay helps the players focus on their dreams.

"Without them we can't do what we do. We can't live our dreams so they are really, we are playing for them, we are playing for our families at  home but they mean the world to us," said McKenna.

In all more than 10 families across Southern Arizona are participating in the host family program.

Still, team officials say emergencies happen and they can always use more.

The players stay with their families for at least 8 weeks, longer if the Saguaros make a playoffs run.

Originally from Baltimore, Maryland. Dailey says that when the Kisers come to his games, it's like having family in the stands.

"even if we can't see them, we sure can hear them," said Dailey.

If you're interested in applying to be a host family you can apply here: http://www.saguarosbaseball.com/tucson.asp?page=87

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