Lynn named Astros' All-Star Among Us
Winners to be honored pregame at Midsummer Classic
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 Astros' "All-Star" is Gary Lynn of Houston, chosen by fans across the nation for overcoming his own cerebral palsy and starting a foundation for CP research.
Lynn is an honors student at Houston's Spring High School. Living life to the fullest while wheelchair-bound, he is an inspiration to the entire community, with his foundation having already raised and donated $12,000 for CP research.
Lynn 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 Astros were:
John Sage of Houston, who started Bridges to Life after his sister was murdered. The goal of the organization is to reduce crime by lowering the recidivism rate of released inmates in Texas. The organization's success derives from bringing together victims and inmates to participate in a restorative justice process. More than 300 volunteers participate in Bridges to Life programs in 22 prisons.
David L. Moore, also of Houston, decided to "give Christmas away" seven years ago, and as a result, 11 underprivileged children received bicycles. Through Moore's vision, Elves & More was born. This year, his organization plans to give away its 100,000th bicycle.
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 7 p.m. CT. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage, while MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage.
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.