This year, Target teamed up with Major League Baseball (MLB) and PEOPLE magazine to give teachers who are hitting home runs in the classroom a ticket into the Hall of Fame. Throughout the spring, guests and team members nominated outstanding K-12 teachers from their communities for recognition in the Target Presents PEOPLE All-Star Teachers program.
On June 5, the 90 finalists were announced, along with the inspiring stories of how these remarkable teachers make an impact on the lives of their students and communities. Through June 29, fans visited AllStarTeachers.com to learn more about each finalist—three representing each MLB Club—and vote for their favorites. The 30 winners will be revealed July 9, included in All-Star Week activities and recognized during the pre-game ceremony of the 2014 MLB All-Star Game on July 15 in Minneapolis.
From Spring Training through All-Star Week, current and former MLB players, including New York Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran and Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, are encouraging fans to vote for their All-Star teachers, share stories about their personal support of education and participate in Target-hosted events, including School Library Makeovers, in MLB communities.
Target is also proud to announce that we’re now an official MLB sponsor. In addition to working with MLB to celebrate All-Star Week in Minneapolis, we’re offering guests an expanded selection of MLB and All-Star Game merchandise in our stores and on Target.com throughout the spring and summer.
“Target is honored to partner with Major League Baseball in celebrating great teachers nationwide,” said Laysha Ward, president, Community Relations, Target. “Teachers are essential to helping kids reach their full potential and keeping them on the path to high school graduation.”
“Major League Baseball’s wide-reaching partnership with Target will focus on the importance of education and teachers during a season where the All-Star Game will fittingly be hosted at Target Field,” said Tim Brosnan, MLB Executive Vice President, Business. “With Target’s dedication to education, it is a welcome addition to our outstanding relationship with People in showcasing everyday All-Stars in our community.”
Through programs like All-Star Teachers and more, Target supports education in the communities where we do business, and we’re on track to give $1 billion for education by the end of 2015. Visit the Education pages to learn more about our support.
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