President Barack Obama this week announced the appointment of various individuals to various administration posts, and as you already guessed if you read the headline, one of those individuals was Steelers receiver Hines Ward.
Obama is appointing Ward as a member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
Ward, who was born to a Korean mother and an African-American father, has been recognized for his advocacy on behalf of biracial children in South Korea.
“I really want to raise some awareness about this issue,” Ward said in 2006, the year he set up a foundation to help mixed-race children suffering from discrimination. “I’m not here to change laws. But I want to shed light on [the treatment of] biracial kids, or maybe change a person’s mind who is borderline, make people look differently at a mixed-race kid because of what they’ve seen me accomplish.”
The president just gave Ward another platform to do that.