(Pittsburgh Post Gazette) Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward has had plenty of speaking engagements in his time, but he said his appearance Tuesday before a packed auditorium in the U.S. Capitol was the toughest.
Ward said he was nervous and humbled in brief remarks after being sworn in as a member of President Barack Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
Born in Seoul, South Korea, to a Korean mother and African-American father, Ward said he endured taunts as a child and was often resentful of his mixed heritage. But he credited his mother because she “instilled in me a great attitude and appreciation for who I am.”
The commission advises Obama, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke on ways to improve quality of life for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.