Milwaukee Brewers Winner Announced as Part of MLB, Target and Time, Inc.’s ‘PEOPLE’ “All-Star Teachers” Program
Major League Baseball, Target Corp (NYSE: TGT) and PEOPLE today announced the 30 winners in the “Target Presents PEOPLE All-Star Teachers” campaign, which celebrates remarkable current and retired teachers who make an impact on the lives of their students and communities. Eric Vander Loop has been selected by fans to represent the Milwaukee Brewers.
Vander Loop and his wife, Karen both teach at Woodland School in Appleton, Wisconsin. His parents are hardworking, inspiring, honest, and humble and that describes Eric as well. His three passions are family, teaching and baseball, and in his teaching, he educates his students to believe that they can make a difference in the world. A lifelong Brewers fan, Eric coached high school baseball for seven years. Eric started “River Studies Summer Fishing Program” 15 years ago for youth in the district, an initiative to raise funds annually to pay for student materials. Nine years later, he founded the “Unless” program after hearing that a student’s mother and another friend of the Vander Loops both had Stage 4 lung cancer. The students asked Eric what they could do to help, and he created “Unless” from a Dr. Seuss line: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” To date, he continues to lead “Unless” and has raised $86,000.00 to date!
Vander Loop will join one winner representing each of the 30 MLB Clubs to be included in All-Star Week activities and recognized during the pre-game ceremony of the 2014 MLB All-Star Game — Tuesday, July 15 with pre-game ceremonies beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. CT on FOX from Target Field in Minneapolis. As part of the pre-game ceremony, Tony-award winner Idina Menzel will perform the classic song “Forever Young” by 11-time Grammy Award winner Bob Dylan, who is a Minnesota native.
Fans nationwide cast their votes at AllStarTeachers.com to select 30 winners from a pool of 90 finalists. Additionally, Eric Stonestreet, a Dodgers fan who plays a teacher on Modern Family; Matthew Morrison, a Mets fan who plays a teacher on FOX’s Glee; and AJ Calloway of Extra TV, a Yankees fan whose mom is a retired principal and sister is a current principal, served alongside New York Yankees Carlos Beltran and Los Angeles Dodgers Adrian Gonzalez as “All-Star Teachers” Ambassadors to support the program.
Target presents “PEOPLE All-Star Teachers” is just one part of Target, MLB and PEOPLE’s effort to celebrate teachers and raise awareness about the importance of education this baseball season. MLB Legends have attended 14 Target education-focused events in MLB communities throughout the first half of the season including Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, Vinny Castilla, Ron Cey, Cliff Floyd, Luis Gonzalez, Tim Laudner, Gary Matthews, Tony Oliva, Harold Reynolds, Michael Young, Edgar Martinez, Tim Wakefield, Mickey Lolich, Willie Horton, Chad Tracy and John Smoltz. Guests and fans can visit AllStarTeachers.com and ABullsEyeView.com/Baseball for updates and behind-the-scenes access to campaign activities leading up to the All-Star Game.