After thousands of nominees from across the United States and Canada were narrowed to 90 finalists, Major League Baseball and PEOPLE have announced the 30 winners of the "All-Stars Among Us" campaign, which spotlights people who have gone above and beyond to serve their communities. The San Francisco Giants' "All-Star" is Kendra Robins of San Francisco, who was chosen by fans across the nation for engaging young people around the world in initiatives ranging from increasing access to education to fighting poverty. Robins is the founder of Project Night Night, which helps homeless children "one sweet dream at a time." It donates tote bags filled with childhood essentials: a security blanket, a book and a stuffed animal. The Night Night packages comfort young children in homeless shelters and promote their emotional and cognitive well-being.
Robins and the rest of the winners will be honored during the pregame ceremony at the 2009 MLB All-Star Game in St. Louis on July 14 on FOX, at which President Barack Obama will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. One club representative also will be featured in People Magazine. Nearly three quarters of a million votes were cast by fans across the nation in the All-Stars Among Us campaign to select the 30 "All-Stars Among Us" winners -- one per Major League team -- out of the pool of 90 finalists who are serving as leaders within their communities. The other finalists for the Giants were: Adam Marchick of Palo Alto, Calif., believes every student should be able to afford college, so he started Glow Foundation to provide financial literacy and scholarships for first-generation college students. Since 2006, Glow has helped 380 students fund their college dreams. His vision, enthusiasm and hard work have built an organization with lasting community impact. Caron Tabke of San Jose, Calif., devotes her time to animal rescue and showing children how to be responsible pet owners. Through her efforts, she has saved the lives of thousands of animals and been a role model of caring and compassion. Meanwhile, vote for your favorite players with the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Online Ballot at MLB.com and all 30 sites. 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 5 p.m. PT. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage, while MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage.
Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.