On the football field, Pittsburgh Steeler Hines Ward is known for his hard-hitting, take-no-prisoner attitude that has earned him the 2006 Superbowl MVP award. Off the field, Ward is a tireless advocate for those who are bullied. As a child, Ward was bullied for being different. A son of an African American father and a Korean mother, Ward has made it his mission to empower young people to stand up against bullying.
As Secretary of Education and Co-Chair of the White House Initiative on AAPI’s Arne Duncan stated:
“Bullying is doubly dangerous because it can have unintended consequences and be escalated to even more serious violence and abuse. Just as you have gateway drugs, bullying, I think, is a gateway to a hate.”
Today, as a Commissioner of the President’s Advisory Commission on AAPI’s, Ward’s mission to mitigate this hate continues.