David Molina of Robstown, a member of the Boys & Girls Club, Robstown Unit, has won the 2008 Major League Baseball S.T.A.R. Award.

The award is presented to Boys & Girls Club members throughout the country who have demonstrated an all-around positive attitude in after-school sports, fitness and recreation programs.

David, 11, was presented with a certificate of recognition at a club ceremony recently. He is now eligible to advance to state competition.

The state winner will be recognized by Major League Baseball and vie for six regional spots. One national winner will be invited to a World Series game in October where he or she will be introduced by MLB Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig and recognized for his or her achievement.

The MLB S.T.A.R. Award program operates on local, state, regional and national levels. Each of the 1,174 Boys & Girls Club organizations have the opportunity to select one overall S.T.A.R., ranging in age from 10 to 18, who exhibits leadership characteristics.

"Our relationship with Boys & Girls Clubs of America has enabled us to reach out to a largely under-served group of young people," Selig said. "We started the MLB S.T.A.R. Award program last year and were pleased by the strong response from kids across the country. We look forward to recognizing more young men and women this year and helping them establish a strong foundation for a successful future."

David, who attends Solomon P. Ortiz Intermediate School, excels at academics, basketball, flag football and Rookie League baseball. He has been a member of the Boys & Girls Club, Robstown Unit, for six years.

"David is an all-around achiever. He strives to do his best on and off the field," said Patricia Amaya, the director of the Robstown Unit located at 401 W. Ligustrum Blvd. "He is also the vice president of the Torch Club Program."