The boys (as I still refer to them) were the most well-mannered and respectful young men. What great role models for my 9 year old son! Here were two young men who were following dreams with an amazing work ethic and a positive attitude. Although often gone with practice, traveling and games, the boys were not invasive to our home in any way. Not only did they respect our family but our home as well (better than my son does).
We were able to forge new friendships with the boys, their families, and also the Cane Cutter family. The Cane Cutter organization defines the Cajun hospitality not only to the baseball players but to the host families as well. The love of baseball is evident in how much time, attention, and resources that Richard and Sandi pour into the Cane Cutters organization. We are blessed to be part of the Cane Cutters!
Our son, Brett Thornell, played for the Cane Cutters for the 2011 – 2013 summer seasons. We trusted God and Brett’s assignment to the Cane Cutters. We packed Brett and took him to [Louisiana] that first summer of 2011. He was fortunate to be housed with Richard and Sandi Chalmers. They opened their home to Brett. He had such a great time, he returned to the Cane Cutters in July of 2012.
For 2012 he was assigned to the Flynn family. Living with the Flynns was a blessing to us and Brett. Brett calls Tim his Host Dad, Nan his Host Mom and Mary his Host Sister. Brett has a brother but not any sisters, so he thoroughly enjoyed having a host sister. He would call and tell us all the wonderful experiences he was having with his host family. The Flynns treated Brett as a son. Brett returned for the 2013 season and rejoined the Flynns as his host family. They are a blessing to our family beyond measure. They allowed Brett to join their family while in [Louisiana], and have become part of his and our extended family.
Brett loves the game of baseball. He appreciates the opportunity from Coach Lonny and the Cane Cutters to play the last three summers. He has made many friends with the Cane Cutters’ players during his time in Lafayette. While we missed him greatly when he was gone for the summers, it was such a relief knowing the Cane Cutters worked so hard to find such wonderful host families to take in the players. The host families show the players not only the hospitality, great cooking and sporting of Lafayette, the families share their love with the players. For that, we are very grateful. We feel Brett’s experiences and relationships he has formed will last a lifetime. Our sincere thanks for the opportunities the Cane Cutters gave to Brett. An extra special thanks to his and the many other host families that take in the Cane Cutters’ players. Finally, good luck in the future to the Cane Cutters and Coach Lonny!
Connie & Joe Thornell
This past summer (2012), we were fortunate and blessed to be asked by Sandi to host a player. We were hesitant at first as we were literally just getting back from a 2 week trip. Thank goodness we decided to give it a try. We loved it! What a fabulous experience it was for myself, my husband, and our daughter. Sandi works hard to insure that the players and host family have much in common and are ideally suited in interests and personalities.
HOST FAMILY: Brandon & Angela Gallet Family - Summer 2011
Other than baseball, Troy was able to get a taste of Louisiana life and experience a few things he had not ever done before like spending the day in the Atchafalaya Basin fishing and driving the boat. Roger taught him how to shoot skeet and he was awesome -as you can imagine- with his great eye hand coordination as a pitcher!
Last summer, after my redshirt junior year of 2011 at Nicholls State University, I was sent to the Texas Collegiate League to play for the Acadiana Cane Cutters. Because I did not know anybody personally in Lafayette I was going to have to sign up to live with a host family. I had heard of players living with host families during the summer throughout my college career and tried to avoid having to do it myself. When my coaches sent me to Lafayette I knew that I would need somebody to stay with. Even though I am a pretty outgoing person, I was at first a little apprehensive about moving into a home full of complete strangers.