Hines Ward Honored By United Nations

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.

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One Comment

  1. Lynn Miller says:

    Way to go Hines! You’ve been an award winner in our hearts for years and we know this work is dear to your heart. Great that you’ve been recognized by such an esteemed group.

  2. Diann D. says:

    Congratulations Hines and keep up the amazing work you are doing! I agree with Lynn that it’s wonderful the UN has recognized your efforts.

  3. rsq says:

    heinz is a MAN’S MAN with the heart of a lion not to many pro football players like him around we need more like him and the pittsburgh steelers have them

  4. eileen says:

    This is the type of athlete we need more of. Pittsburgh is so lucky to have Hines, Troy, Mario and so many others. They are examples you want you young to admire. True heroes.

  5. Hennessy says:

    1,696 players on active rosters in the NFL. One of them gets acknowledged for his spirited contribution to the less privileged, and also voted the “dirtiest” player in the league. I wonder if that says anything about the players that chalked ballots for his on-field tendencies. That entire rating reeks of jealousy and inferiority. You are THE MAN Hines. Keep up the good, and “dirty” work. 1,643 NFL players are going to be very jealous when you hoist the Lombardi in February.

  6. C. J. Givens says:

    Hines, you are a true champion on and off the field. Congrats and hopefully you’ll be hoisting another trophy in a few weeks.

  7. T. M. Mueller says:

    Congrats to Hines…..but why not one word said about this on KDKA TV….they are missing a good story to tell abourt a good man.
    Happy Hines is here in Pittsburgh and is a true champion.

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