Reporting Larry Richert
PITTSBURGH – If you were at the AFC Divisional Playoff Game on Saturday, you may have seen Hines Ward receiving a very special award. He was named the winner of the inaugural 2010 United Nations NGO Positive Peace Award in the Professional Athlete category.
Named one of the most positive athletes in the world, Ward received the award for both his on-field performance, and his giving back to the community, including his goodwill work in Korea.
Scott Pederson, president and CEO of Celebrate Positive, joined Larry and John on The KDKA Morning News to talk about why Hines Ward received this prestigious award.
The nomination of Hines Ward came from Pearl S. Buck International Inc. for his critical work in Korea, which has changed the perception of the bi-racial population in the community. His involvement has attracted influential Koreans to join him in his efforts.
“Hines Ward changed the cultural landscape of Korea,” said Janet Mintzer, president/CEO of Pearl S. Buck Intl. “After Japanese invasions, Korea placed high value on being pure-blooded Koreans, creating prejudice of bi-racial people. As a successful bi-racial Korean-American, he returned to Korea, creating media attention, which sparked a cultural shift.”
About Celebrate Positive:
Celebrate Positive, in coordination with the United Nations and its non-government organizations like, Rotary International, Sister Cities International and Pathways to Peace provides a platform to recognize communities, businesses, schools, athletes and entertainers for the positive work to make a difference in the world. Celebrate Positive has created a destination website that provides inspirational news from around the world as well as efforts being made by the United Nations to promote peace globally. For more information on Celebrate Positive or the organizations and agencies they work with, visit www.celebratepositive.com.