PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Hines Ward is hosting a group of bi-racial children from Korea.

This is the sixth year for the program.

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The children live a life of discrimination – much like he did growing up along with his mother.

“And for us as kids, we didn’t ask to come into this world as bi-racial kids , so for me, I spend my own time, my own money to get a chance to bring these kids out here and give them a sense of hope that they can be positive people regardless of being of mixed race,” Ward said.

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“So, I welcome them here to Pittsburgh. I hope the Steeler Nation, the City of Pittsburgh, if you see me out with these kids – give them a high-five, let them know it’s okay – there’s nothing wrong with being of mixed race.”

After some sightseeing Friday and Saturday and the Steelers game on Sunday, Ward is sending the entire group to New York Monday morning.

“This year, we’re taking them to see ‘The Lion King’ on Broadway, get a chance to go see the Statue of Liberty,” Ward said. “And New York is just a great travel place, so from there, they’ll fly directly from New York City back to Korea.”

While here, the children will be staying with local volunteer families who will be also joining them for the sightseeing.

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