Friday, April 30, 2010

All-Stars Among Us

For the second year in a row, Our Washington Nationals along with Major League Baseball and People Magazine will team up to honor "Everyday Heroes" who make a difference in local communities. The "All Stars Among Us" program recognizes individuals who go out of their way to make life better for those surrounding them in extraordinary ways. And once again, you too can participate.

Through May 14th, fans can nominate themselves or others who they feel have gone beyond the norm to help change the life of others at Acts of courage, commitment, strength and compassion are the traits welcomed in the stories of these "Everyday All-Stars". All 30 Major League Baseball Clubs are participating and three finalists for each team will be announced.

Online voting will then commence on May 31st and run through June 20th. Individual Team Winners will be honored at the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Anaheim, California on July, 13th. During last year's MLB All-Star Game in St. Louis, the five living U.S. Presidents saluted the "Everyday All-Stars" Winners in a video tribute and President Barack Obama personally met with the group after throwing out the first pitch.

Certainly you know someone that has inspired you, worked diligently in your community or had an impact in someone else's life. This is the chance to recognize that "All Star Among Us"--nationally--while representing Our Washington Nationals. Again, nominations can be made at through May 14th. Voting begins on May 31st and runs through June 20th for the three finalists for each club. One deserving Washington Nationals Fan will be sent to Anaheim, California to be honored as a Major League Baseball/People Magazine "All-Star Among Us".

Last Year's Washington Finalists included Ryan Kules, a resident of Bowie, Maryland who runs the Wounded Warrior Project’s Warriors to Work program. Ryan was severely injured in Iraq when a blast severed his right arm and leg. Determined to continue to serve his country, Ryan became involved with the Wounded Warrior Project. He helps injured veterans find new careers and successfully reintegrate back into civilian society.

And Crofton, Maryland native Jennifer Skolochenko--the Executive Director of Most Valuable Kids DC--who works to improve the lives of underserved children. MVK supplies tickets to live sporting and cultural events to children from low-income households as well as to wounded veterans and their families.

There are many other "Everyday Heroes" out there, please nominate them for the respect they so richly deserve for this "All-Stars Among Us" tribute.

Photo Courtesy Of The Washington Nationals

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