Steelers to receive rings Sunday
By Joe Bendel
Thursday, June 1, 2006
The Steelers will receive their Super Bowl rings at a banquet Sunday at Heinz Field. Players such as Super Bowl MVP Hines Ward said the event will officially close the team's Super Bowl ride.
"After that, it's all about next season," Ward said. "We start over from there. So, let's get our rings and enjoy them, then concentrate on what's ahead."
? Ward returned Tuesday from his second trip to Seoul, South Korea, his last until after the 2006 season. While there, he contributed $1 million to his Helping Hands Foundation for biracial children. The group also raised another $1.5 million. The money is earmarked for educational needs, in addition to a scholarship fund named after Ward's mother, Kim Young-hee. Ward said he plans to bring as many as 40 biracial children from Korea to Pittsburgh to watch a Steelers game.
"I want them to see Heinz Field and see crazy fans who are so passionate about their team," Ward said.
? The Steelers will meet with President Bush at the White House on Friday.
"You always see championship teams standing there with the president," said left tackle Marvel Smith. "Now it's going to be us. That's a good feeling."
? The team has five voluntary workouts remaining, one today and four next week. They will then meet for training camp, which opens July 28 in Latrobe.
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