Ward to Host Biracial Korean Children

Steelers Wide Receiver Hines Ward to Host Biracial Korean Children

WHAT:    *Steelers wide receiver *Hines Ward will hold a brief press conference and photo opportunity as he welcomes and hosts eight biracial children from Korea this weekend in Pittsburgh. It will be the third annual visit sponsored by the Hines Ward Helping Hands Korea Foundation. Through the Helping Hands and Helping Hands Korea Foundations, Ward hopes to provide biracial children throughout Korea with the desire and hope to dream big in a culture where biracial discrimination has given them no such thing. He hopes to provide children everywhere with all of the physical, mental and emotional tools necessary to help them achieve their life dreams.

Ward became a symbol of success for all Korean people and especially the biracial population (or "mixed bloods" as they are referred to by Koreans) after winning Super Bowl XL MVP honors in February 2006. While in Korea that spring, the Pearl S. Buck International (PSBI) reached out to Ward for inspiration, and he met with 100 biracial children from PSBI and immediately fell in love with them. 

The children, ages 8 to 16, were selected in conjunction with PSBI through a short essay contest that Ward asked them to write on pursuing their dreams. Ward hopes the children will return home with the confidence to dream big and the determination to pursue those dreams.

WHO:         Steelers wide receiver and Super Bowl XL MVP Hines Ward
Eight biracial Korean children ages 8 to16.

WHEN:       4:45 p.m., Friday, November 7, 2008
WHERE:      *Baggage Claim, Carousel R, Landside Terminal
Pittsburgh International Airport

Media Parkingis located at the Courier spaces at the north end of the Landside Terminal. Unmarked news vehicles are required to have a dashboard sign indicating their news organization.

Directions for Media Parking:Follow the signs for commercial vehicles to Commercial Arrivals. The taxicab holding lot is on the left. Take the first right following the holding lot. This road is marked with a sign "Emergency Access Road". Take the first left into the Courier Spaces. It is marked with a sign "Authorized Vehicles Only".

*CONTACT:    *Burt Lauten                                    JoAnn Jenny                         *For Korean Media Only

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