June 21, 2011
Hines Ward, a wide receiver of the Pittsburgh Steelers, a two time winner of Super Bowl and a Super MVP, the winner of Reality show Dancing With the Stars, and vocal advocate for Korean biracial youths, has yet another title to add to his over flowing resume. Due to his popularity in both the U.S. and Korea, Ward was appointed to be an honorary ambassador for South Korea, with a task of promoting a positive relationship between the two countries. Ward is not just a powerhouse on the field, but also in the realm of social relations and Korean-American issues. In 2006, on his first trip back to Korea since his birth, he met with biracial Korean children in a series of "hope-sharing" discussions, and established the Hines Ward Helping Hands Foundation—an organization dedicated solely to combating discrimination against biracial children. Ward is no stranger to social and political reform in Korea, preparing him well for his new role as an honorary ambassador. Staff members and families of Sejong Cultural Education, Inc. were invited by the Korean Embassy to support his appointment.