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2/27/2016 General
The Ripken Experience Myrtle Beach to Host the Victorian Kookaburras

The Ripken Experience Myrtle Beach to Host the Victorian Kookaburras from Melbourne, Australia at Surf’s Up Tournament in July

World-Class Baseball Facility seeking “Myrtle Beach Ambassadors” as Host Families for International Youth Players

Myrtle Beach, S.C. – The Ripken Experience Myrtle Beach today announced that it will play host to The Victorian Kookaburras baseball team from Melbourne, Australia at its annual Surf’s Up Tournament the week of July 10-15. The Ripken Experience Myrtle Beach is also seeking assistance from the local community, as it is currently searching for 19 host families to help accommodate the 38 players from three teams, one 14U and two 16U, and serve as ambassadors for Myrtle Beach during their trip.

“Australian teams have participated in our tournaments for the past five summer seasons,” said Bobby Holland, General Manager of The Ripken Experience Myrtle Beach. “This serves as a great opportunity for the domestic teams present that week to face international competition. The Australian teams typically display unprecedented sportsmanship during the tournament, as The Kookaburras are the epitome of what travel baseball and good sportsmanship is all about.”
The Victorian Kookaburras touring team, which includes players from the city of Melbourne and the regional town of Mildura, will travel more than 30 hours from the State of Victoria in Australia to reach Myrtle Beach. The tour is focused around baseball participation, friendship and cultural exploration for the players and families traveling with the team.
“For these young Australian baseball players the opportunity to come and play baseball in the USA is an amazing opportunity for them to develop skills on and off the diamond,” said Team Executive Officer for the Victorian Kookaburras Myles Foreman. “While the baseball aspect of the tour is a key part of the overall opportunity and experience, this would not be possible without the amazing hospitality and generosity of Myrtle Beach families who open their homes to these Aussie kids.”

For more information on becoming a host family or ambassador for the Victorian Kookaburras, please contact Bobby Holland, general manager of The Ripken Experience Myrtle Beach at (843) 213-2705 or

About Victorian Kookaburras Baseball Tours
The Victorian Kookaburras tour is being conducted by Victorian Kookaburras Baseball Tours Inc., a not-for-profit organization which provides the opportunity for Victorian baseball players to participate in a touring team to the United States. For more information on the Victorian Kookaburras, visit

About The Ripken Experience Myrtle Beach
The Ripken Experience Myrtle Beach is a world-class amateur baseball complex located in South Carolina. Featuring four regulation-sized diamonds and five youth fields, they are designed to mimic historic major league ballparks such as Ebbets Field and Shibe Park. The facility hosts amateur baseball and softball tournaments, camps, clinics, and a variety of other special events.

About Ripken Baseball, Inc.
The mission of Ripken Baseball, Inc. is to inspire athletes through remarkable experiences, the Ripken Way. Ripken Baseball continues to innovate the game through on-site tournaments, camps and clinics hosted at their state-of-the-art youth baseball and softball facilities - The Ripken Experience Aberdeen powered by Under Armour in Maryland, The Ripken Experience Myrtle Beach in South Carolina, and The Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge in Tennessee. Each summer, Ripken Baseball plays host to the annual Cal Ripken World Series, Babe Ruth League’s Major/70 premier event, featuring elite 11-and 12-year-old youth baseball players from around the world. Ripken Baseball also owns and operates the Aberdeen IronBirds, minor league affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles.

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Bobby Holland
General Manager
The Ripken Experience
3051 Ripken Way Blvd.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
PH: (843) 213-2705