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A First Pitch for Service
July 14, 2009
09:24 PM EST
Serve.gov, the website for the President’s United We Serve initiative, launched their blog today. Their first post discussed tonight’s MLB All-Star Game in St. Louis, where activities were focused on highlighting the importance of community 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."
Before the game, President Obama appeared in a video with all five living former presidents celebrating "All-Stars Among Us," exceptional men and women who are dedicated to service in their communities:
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Afterwards, the President threw out the ceremonial first pitch to get the game started.