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All Star Among Us: Sherri Friedman

By Joe Danneman - bio | email

Three local people are finalists in baseball's 'All-Stars Among Us' program. The winner will be honored at the All-Star game next month.

Sherri Friedman stopped by Great American Ball Park this week to pick up some Reds tickets. They're not for her or her two boys, but for the Most Valuable Kids of Cincinnati.

"We thought, what a brilliant idea to bring underprivileged children into live sports and cultural events," said Friedman.

Sherri and her husband founded Cincinnati's chapter of Most Valuable Kids about four-years-ago.

The idea is simple. Volunteers donate any tickets they can't use or don't want to local kids.

"The thrill of hearing the roar of a crowd at the Reds stadium and seeing their heroes on the field is something that you can't put into words for a child who never leaves their neighborhood," said Friedman.

Sherri's work is all volunteer work and the tickets can be anything, from a Reds game to a Bengals game, Cyclones to the Broadway Series. In just four-years, MVK has sent 22,000 kids to live events. That's enough to fill every seat here at U.S. Bank Arena and then some.

"The self-confidence and self-esteem that comes with something like that is something these kids would never have the opportunity without Most Valuable Kids, so I get paid in other ways," Friedman says.

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