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 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 Philadelphia:
Jamie McKnight of Chalfont, Pa., is the director of Teens 4 Good and helps coordinate an urban and farming program of the Greater Philadelphia Federation of Settlements. The organization works with 80 young people who cultivate green space in the city and perform service projects while learning business, communication and leadership skills.
Brad Hennefer of Cherry Hill, N.J., started the Golf For Life Foundation locally to introduce Down syndrome individuals to the game of golf and has watched his foundation grow into an outstanding national program. He is the only person with Down syndrome in his high school Hall of Fame.
Gisele DiNatale of Voorhees, N.J., is the president and founder of the Alicia Rose "Victorious" Foundation. The foundation installs "teen centers" for sick teenagers to go to when undergoing treatment in a children's hospital. The goal is to improve the lives of
teenagers nationwide undergoing difficult struggles with life-threatening illness.
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.