Hines Ward Hopes to Improve Literacy Among Youth with “Helping Hands Foundation”

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receive Hines Ward hopes to make a difference among today’s inner city youth by establishing the  “Helping Hands Foundation” in order to improve literacy. Hines Ward Helping Hands Foundation and charity work for biracial Korean children.

The recent “Dancing with the Stars” winner is championing a cause very near to his heart. He has established the Hines Ward “Helping Hands Foundation” with the specific intention of improving literacy amongst inner-city youth and has also expanded to South Korea where it helps biracial children confront discrimination.

Since his first visit back to his birthplace, Seoul, South Korea, Hines has pledged $1 million of his own money to his Korea foundation and plans to raise much more through corporate sponsorship. He has been to Korea twice since winning the Super Bowl MVP award and plans to make annual trips to Korea to further his cause of ending biracial discrimination, according to The Helping Hands Foundation website

Hines spoke about his foundation to NBC News:

I decided to start my charity out of my love for kids of all ages and because of my own upbringing. In Pittsburgh, I meet kids of all ages from all walks of life. I see the desire in their eyes to be someone great and I want to do all that I can to help those without the means and/or resources to achieve their dreams.

In an ABC article:

Ward said he’s going to return to Korea in May to start the Helping Hands Foundation, building on the work he’s already done to improve the lives of mixed-race children in Korea and around the world.

“Maybe the next Tiger Woods or the next Hines Ward is sitting there in Korea,” he said, “but they never give them the opportunity to go out and excel in life and to do well because they are biracial kids.”

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