Appleton teacher to be honored at All-Star Game

MILWAUKEE -- A man with a passion for teaching and baseball, Appleton's Eric Vander Loop was selected Tuesday to represent the Milwaukee Brewers during All-Star Week as part of Major League Baseball, Target and People magazine's All-Star Teachers program.

Vander Loop and his wife, Karen, both teach at Woodland School in Appleton, Wisc. Eric is a lifelong Brewers fan who coached high school baseball for seven years and started the "River Studies Summer Fishing Program" 15 years ago to help raise funds to pay for student materials in his district.

Perhaps most notably, six years ago, Vander Loop created the "Unless" program, which has raised more than $86,000 to fight cancer. He started the program when he found out that a student's mother and another friend of his family both had Stage 4 lung cancer.

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 pregame ceremony of the 2014 MLB All-Star Game -- Tuesday, July 15 with pregame ceremonies beginning at 6:30 p.m. CT on FOX from Target Field in Minneapolis.

Fans nationwide cast their votes at to select 30 winners from a pool of 90 finalists.

Caitlin Swieca is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.