Three finalists per Major League club were chosen among thousands of nominees from across the United States and Canada to be Everyday All-Stars, people who have gone above and beyond to serve their community.
Fans are invited to vote in the All-Stars Among Us campaign, a presentation of People Magazine and Major League Baseball, for the 30 winners from June 8-24. One winner will be chosen as a representative of every club, and all 30 will be honored Busch Stadium in St. Louis for the July 14 All-Star Game. One club representative also will be featured in People Magazine.
Here are the finalists for Washington:
Jennifer Skolochenko-Platt of Edgewater, Md., is an executive director of Most Valuable Kids DC and works to improve the lives of under-served children. Her Washington-area nonprofit supplies tickets to live sporting and cultural events for kids from low-income households. In addition, she contributes to her community doing charitable fundraising and delivering food to those in need.
Ryan Kules of Bowie, Md., was severely injured in Iraq when a blast severed his right arm and left leg and now runs Wounded Warrior Project's "Warriors to Work." The program helps injured veterans find new careers and successfully reintegrate back into civilian society.
Dr.John Glaspy of Northridge, Calif., is an oncologist and UCLA Professor of Medicine who pushes the boundaries of his role. A strong voice for patients, he speaks out to dispel the social isolation that affects cancer patients and their families. He believes the battle against cancer will soon be won, and he is helping to make that happen. His ideas inspired Stand Up to Cancer, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation that awards grants to researchers who could change the face of cancer treatment.
Meanwhile, vote for your favorite players with the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Online Ballot at MLB.com and all 30 sites, and look for Walt Disney Pictures G-Force All-Star Game ballots at Major League and Minor League ballparks.
The 80th Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet HD and televised around the world by Major League Baseball International, with pregame ceremonies beginning at 8 p.m. ET. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage, while MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage.
Jesse Sanchez is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.