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.
Texas' "All-Star" is Ben Sater of Plano, Tex., 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.
Sater was a visionary by the age of 10. He applied that vision to create "KidSwing," a benefit golf tournament for children. Now in its seventh year, it has helped raise $660,000 for the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, where Ben was once a patient.
Sater 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 Rangers were:
Kathleen Johnson: The resident of Fort Worth runs the annual Bowl for the Cure tournament, which has raised more than $5,000 to fight breast cancer, and she has donated thousands of hours of her time to community service.
Monica Cato Crosby: The Dallas resident and full-time second-grade teacher helps cancer patients and others with diseases that cause hair loss by creating wigs and quick weaves in her free time.
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 7 p.m. CT. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage, while MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage.
Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.