Trio of Braves fans up for All-Star honor
Three Braves boosters come up big in their communities
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 Atlanta:
Olivia Buckmon of Stone Mountain, Ga., established a scholarship in her child's name after her daughter died four years ago. Along with her own donations, Buckmon hosts parties to raise funds for the scholarship. To date, she has helped more than 30 high school students without mothers go on to college.
At the age of 15, Haley Kilpatrick founded her own nonprofit organization, Girl Talk. A student-to-student mentoring program, Girl Talk now reaches 30,000 girls in 27 states, and teaches leadership skills while promoting community service and boosting self-esteem every day. She is from Atlanta.
Ryan Housley of Tyrone, Ga., was inspired by conversations with his younger brother Evan, who was deployed in Iraq, and started HeroBox to support soldiers in combat. The nonprofit organization supplies packages customized to a soldier's specific needs. Housley works full time to fulfill requests so that every solider feels appreciated.
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.