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 New York Mets' "All-Star" is Tara Suri of Scarsdale, N.Y., who was chosen by fans across the nation for engaging young people around the world in initiatives ranging from increasing access to education to fighting poverty.
Suri, 18, was galvanized by the sexism she encountered in India at 13. She founded Turn Your World Around (www.turnyourworldaround.org), and has impacted thousands globally by forging a movement of youth creating change.
Suri 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 Mets were:
Jonathan Zimmerman of Port Washington, N.Y., believes that every child deserves a
computer. Through his organization, he collects, refurbishes and distributes XP computers for free to low-income families in the New York area. Last year Zimmerman gave away more than 300 computers to families who couldn't afford one.
Carol Cauley of Larchmont, N.Y., volunteers in the fight against hunger by organizing and operating the local food pantry in Mamaroneck, N.Y., which serves hundreds of needy families each month. Cauley dedicates hours of her time every week to make sure every family in her community has enough to eat.
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 8 p.m. ET. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage, while MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage.