PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – Retired Steeler wide receiver Hines Ward will be awarding 27 high school student athletes with the Positive Athlete Award tonight at the Senator John Heinz History Center.

The nearly 1,000 nominations were submitted by coaches, principals, athletic directors, teachers and parents from 125 different Western Pennsylvania high schools. Along with excelling on the field, the nominees also need to possess positive characteristics like an optimistic attitude, encouragement of teammates and leadership.

Hines says these awards take him back to his days playing sports and mirror the impact he wanted to have on people.

“While I was playing my whole demeanor as far as being positive and giving back to the community that’s really what I was all about,” Ward said, “and to see these kids doing it at such a young age and now they are getting the opportunity to earn a scholarship towards their college tuition for just being a great student athlete and giving back. I’m excited about it.”

This is the fourth year for these awards and $31,000 in scholarships will be awarded to the student athletes. Each athlete will receive $500 towards a scholarship and six student athletes have the opportunity to receive more money through other scholarships through donors.

The awards ceremony takes place tonight at 7 p.m.

Hines also talked with Mangino and Shelley about Tom Brady’s punishment and “Deflategate.”

You can listen to the whole interview here:

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Also tune into the KDKA Afternoon News with Mangino and Shelley weekdays 3-7 p.m.

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