Host a Nighthawk

The Upper Valley Nighthawks need host families

By John Seaver

The Nighthawks are looking for host families for the 2018 season. Hosting is the most important role for the entire Nighthawks organization. Without the generosity and hospitality of Upper Valley families the Nighthawks wouldn't exist. Would you consider housing a player for the 2018 season which begins on June 5th and concludes the first week of August?  By hosting you are aiding in personal and professional development of an elite level athlete and ensuring the Nighthawks organization can continue to provide affordable family entertainment to the Upper Valley.

What you receive: Free season tickets for your entire household, free admission to all other NECBL venues, discounts on Nighthawks merchandise, access to special preseason events, and to help a young man get one step closer to his goal of playing professional baseball.  

If interested or need more information please contact General Manager Noah Crane

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The Upper Valley Nighthawks are a 501c3 organization and a member of the prestigious New England Collegiate Baseball League.  Our mission is to provide affordable entertainment to all the communities that comprise the Upper Valley, aid our players and staff in the betterment of their careers, and to raise awareness for other local non profit organizations.  

The Upper Valley Baseball Foundation was officially born in September 2015. The Crane Family, who previously operated the Laconia Muskrats, announced plans for an expansion franchise in the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL). In reality, the plans for an Upper Valley NECBL franchise have been in the works for several years. Initially the Cranes looked at using the baseball field at Lebanon (NH) High School. In the summer of 2013 the Lebanon School Board approved of the use of the facility but after evaluating the cost needed to improve the field the decision was made to look into other options. In early 2014, Hunter Rieseberg, then Hartford (VT) Town Manager, contaced the Cranes to discuss the soon to be completed Maxfield Outdoor Sports Complex. The original target was to begin play in the summer of 2015. Neither the Town of Hartford or the Crane family was able to hit that date and the focus was shifted to the 2016 season. The official announcement came in October of 2015 after the Cranes and the Town of Hartford signed a 10 year lease agreement. The team now had a home but needed a name.

To create an identity the team solicited the help of the Upper Valley community. A Name the Team Constest was launched on October 29th 2015. The team received over 200 submissions and settled on the Nighthawks. The Nighthawks was submitted by Bethel resident, Jason Nickerson, a former baseball player at Norwich University. The team worked with designer, Stephanie Sohn, to create the brand identity, color scheme, and logo designs. The organization hosted an unveiling party at the Kilton Library in West Lebanon on November 20th to mark the official launch of the team.

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