Welcome to the United We Serve "Stories of Service" blog! In this blog we’ll be featuring news, updates, and some of the remarkable stories of service we’ve been getting from Americans across the country who are answering President Obama’s call to service.
For our first post, we’re thrilled to highlight Major League Baseball’s grand slam effort in support of United We Serve at tonight’s All-Star Game. From a benefit concert to community service projects to a new Presidential video recognizing outstanding volunteers, Major League Baseball has made service the centerpiece of this year’s All-Star Game events.
As Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig, puts it:
“The central theme of the 2009 All-Star Game is community service, celebrating the extraordinary work being done by ordinary people. We are thrilled that we can come together with President Obama, who has encouraged a renewed spirit of national service, and illustrate a call to action in our communities.”
President Obama will be in Busch Stadium in St. Louis to throw out the ceremonial first pitch and will also appear with all five living Presidents in a video that highlights “All Stars Among Us,” outstanding volunteers being recognized for their acts of service to others.
Tonight’s spotlight is part of a series of events spotlighting the importance of giving back, including a service project today that is bringing together AmeriCorps members and volunteers to refurbish an inner-city baseball field in St. Louis used by local youth.
Summing up the effort, Acting CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service Nicola Goren said: “Like baseball, service is a hallmark of our American character. We salute Major League Baseball for putting the spotlight on service and encouraging fans everywhere to make service a part of their daily lives.”