BOSTON -- Bill Criswell of Windermere, Fla., is the Rays' winner for PEOPLE magazine's "All-Stars Among Us" campaign, which debuted in 2009 and recognizes individuals who are serving their communities in extraordinary ways.
The 30 "All-Stars Among Us," one representing each MLB club, will attend and be honored during the pregame ceremony of the All-Star Game on July 13 on FOX beginning at 8 p.m. ET. In addition, one of the winners will be featured in the July 19th issue of PEOPLE, which hits newsstands during the week of the All-Star Game.
Fans across the nation cast 1.7 million votes -- more than double the amount of votes from the previous year -- at PeopleAllStars.com to select the 30 "All-Stars Among Us" winners out of the pool of 90 finalists who are serving as leaders within their communities.
Criswell established "Home at Last" to give U.S. soldiers injured in Iraq a fresh start in life by giving them mortgage-free homes. Thus far two homes have been completed with construction on a third beginning Thursday. As project chairman, Criswell organizes and coordinates the fundraising, candidate's application process, construction team, media coverage, dedication ceremony and the closing for the family.
"Major League Baseball is privileged to recognize this team of 'All-Stars' whose selfless and tireless work is making a significant impact within communities across the nation," said MLB Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig. "Together with PEOPLE magazine, we look forward to using the All-Star Game, the premiere sporting event of the summer, as a platform to honor to these 30 winners and their worthy causes.
The 81st Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet HD and Le Reseau des Sports, and 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. MLB Network, MLB.com and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Game coverage.