Trio of O's fans up for All-Star honor
One will win trip to St. Louis for Midsummer Classic
Three finalists per Major League club were chosen out of thousands of nominations from across the United States and Canada of "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 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis for the July 14 All-Star Game. One club representative will also be featured in People Magazine.
Here are the finalists for the Baltimore Orioles:
David G. Vaughn: The Greenville, N.C., resident organized the construction of a state-of-the-art baseball field for special-needs children and also helped create a playground for all children in his city.
Jon A. Kaplan: The Baltimore resident started Baltimore Fitness Academy, a non-profit organization where inner-city youth learn fitness, nutrition and business skills. Program graduates become certified fitness professionals and can share their knowledge with others in the community.
Frank Kolarek: The Baltimore resident created the League of Dreams for children with mental and physical disabilities. The program enables children to play baseball and softball in a safe and fun environment.
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.
Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.