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 at 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 Florida:
Linda Watts of Leesburg, Fla., has mentored hundreds of students by mobilizing them to help others. She founded Florida's Hometown USA Program in 1986 to teach young people the importance of community service. Watts' efforts are succeeding in improving the lives of countless people in nursing homes, hospitals, shelters and schools across the state.
Kristen Malfara of Melbourne Beach, Fla., resolved to help other families in her situation when her son was diagnosed with leukodystrophy and founded the M.O.R.G.A.N. Project. The project is designed to support parents caring for their special-needs children with information, equipment and small grants, and to enhance the quality of life for these families.
Robert Kasky of Boca Raton, Fla., is the president of a non-profit adoption agency in
South Florida. For the past 40 years, he has helped place over 2,000 babies in loving, stable homes.
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.