Canada's best up for everyday All-Stars
One of Jays' three finalists will be honored in St. Louis
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 the Toronto Blue Jays:
Jane Andres: The Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, resident volunteers her time helping migrant farm workers in her area and includes them in her everyday family activities.
Melanie Burton: The Belleville, Ontario, resident runs Reading Rocks, a program devoted to helping children with reading difficulties by improving their literacy. She had an early start on volunteering, sending thousands of Christmas shoeboxes to war-torn countries as a 5-year-old.
Richard Gosling: The Whitevale, Ontario, resident is the founder and president of Toronto Children's Breakfast Club, which since 1984 has established 30 community breakfast programs that serve a nutritious breakfast to more than 4,000 students a week.
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.