Voting is underway through June 29 at AllStarTeachers.com to decide from among three finalists for each Major League Baseball club in the "Target Presents People All-Star Teachers" campaign, which will result in 30 teachers -- one per club -- participating in All-Star Week festivities next month at Target Field in Minnesota.
While we're waiting to find out which faculty members are about to be celebrated in front of a worldwide FOX viewing audience on July 15, we do know which celebrities will be lending their support for the ongoing campaign. MLB announced on Wednesday that Eric Stonestreet, Matthew Morrison and A.J. Calloway will join Adrian Gonzalez of the Dodgers and Carlos Beltran of the Yankees to serve as Program Ambassadors.
"All-Star Teachers" celebrates remarkable current and retired teachers who make an impact on the lives of their students and communities. All 30 winners will be announced prior to All-Star Week. They will be included in All-Star Week activities and recognized during the pregame ceremony of the 85th All-Star Game, and one winner also will be featured in People magazine during the week of the Midsummer Classic.
Stonestreet is a Dodgers fan who plays a teacher on "Modern Family." Morrison is a Mets fan who plays a teacher on FOX's "Glee." Calloway is a regular on "Extra TV" and is a Yankees fan whose mom is a retired principal and whose sister is a current principal.
"It's very important," Gonzalez said of the focus on teachers. "We all have that favorite teacher we remember, who really helped us in an important way. Teachers are a big instrument in our education and our growing up and just becoming a better person overall, so it's always great to be able to recognize them and let them know they are appreciated and always thought of."
The campaign began with the nomination process early this season, and MLB, Target and People selected the three finalists out of those nominations. You can see their stories and photos at AllStarTeachers.com, and the hashtag to tweet with your vote is #MyAllStarTeacher.
MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.
The 85th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.
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