Hines Ward named Goodwill Ambassador for Korea-US relations

Hines Ward named Goodwill Ambassador for Korea-US relations

The Superbowl MVP and 'Dancing with the Stars' winner adds diplomat to his resume
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Hines Ward, right, shares a laugh with Young-Mok Kim, Korean Consul General in New York.

Talk about an overachiever.

Hines Ward, Pittsburgh Steelers' wide receiver and 2006 Superbowl XL MVP extraordinaire, was named honorary Goodwill Ambassador for United States-Republic of Korea relations at a United Nations ceremony in New York last week.

This follows right behind the 35-year-old's flashy win on Season 12 of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" in May. 

For one year, Ward, who is half Korean and half African-American, will actively facilitate ties between the two countries by assisting at diplomatic events. The newly instated ambassador's official duties started on June 22. 

Born in Seoul, Ward has stated that growing up as a mixed-race child in the United States wasn't easy, but that his Korean mother's hard work in raising him led him to become a superstar both on on the field and off.  

 

Frances Cha is a Digital Producer at CNN Travel. 

 

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