, 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:
Afterwards, the President threw out the ceremonial first pitch to get the game started.
(President Barack Obama winds up for the first pitch at the Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO, on Tuesday, July 14, 2009. Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson.)
(President Barack Obama throws out the first pitch at the Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO, on Tuesday, July 14, 2009. Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson.)