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Ohio Steeler
05-31-2006, 12:31 AM
Steelers WR helps mixed-race children in South Korea
Associated Press

SEOUL, South Korea -- Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Hines Ward has established a foundation to help mixed-race children like himself in South Korea.

Ward pledged an initial $1 million to the Hines Ward Helping Hands Foundation, a portion of which will be given in his mother's name to express his gratitude for her sacrifice working three jobs at a time while he was growing up.

"I know what it's like to endure teasing and to be treated differently because of the color of your skin or looks of your eyes," Ward said Monday at a news conference in Seoul.

Ward reached sudden fame in the country where he was born, South Korea, after winning MVP honors at the Super Bowl. He was born to an African-American soldier father and Korean mother and grew up in the United States.

He made his first trip here as an adult last month and was given a welcome befitting a state leader, meeting the president and receiving honorary Seoul city citizenship.

On that visit, Ward also met with children being assisted by Pearl S. Buck International, and donated $50,000 to that organization helping mixed-heritage children during his current trip.

Mixed-race children are subjected to harassment in South Korea, where the conservative Confucian society emphasizes pure blood ties. Ward's newfound popularity has drawn renewed media attention to the subject.

Ward was to leave Seoul on Tuesday and said he would be focusing on preparing for next season, asking Koreans to wish him luck.

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clevestinks
05-31-2006, 04:48 AM
Hines Ward = Class Act, Santonio Holmes are you paying attention??

3 to be 4
05-31-2006, 05:31 AM
Holmes helps mixed-drinks get drunk