LUNCHEON & KEYNOTE ADDRESS
TUESDAY, APRIL 23 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Open to full conference registrants.
Sponsored by: Gem Gravure Co. Inc.
PRESENTATION: The W.A.R.D. Rule | By: Hines Ward
National Football League great Hines Ward will share lessons learned from his legendary rise to the top of the NFL, using “The W.A.R.D. Rule,” an acronym for “Will Always Rise above Difficulty”and an axiom he’s always lived by.
Hines E. Ward, Jr., a professional football player, was the starting wide receiver for the 2006 Super Bowl XL Champion Pittsburgh Steelers. He was voted Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2006 Super Bowl XL for his outstanding performance. Drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round of the 1998 NFL Draft, he led the Steelers in at least one team category every year. He earned three team MVP selections and was named co-captain for the 2006 Steelers Super Bowl team.
Ward was selected to four consecutive NFL Pro Bowls (2001-2004) and is the only player in Pro Bowl history to score a touchdown on an onside kick. He has broken many Steeler records including the all-time receptions mark previously held by Hall of Famer, Lynn Swann. He is the only receiver in Steeler history to surpass 1,000 receiving yards in four consecutive seasons and he holds the record for receptions in a single season. He also currently holds the records for the most touchdowns by a wide receiver in Steeler history. Most recently, Hines became one of only five receivers in NFL history to record 10,000+ receiving yards playing with one team.
Ward has been featured on the NBC Morning Show, ESPN profiles, HBO's "Inside the NFL," ABC's "Person of the Week," and on CBS's special 2007 Super Bowl preview show, as well as for the cover stories in Korea's Esquire and Newsweek magazines, MOVES magazine. He has graced the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine three times.
He has been a keynote speaker at the White House for Asian Pacifican-American Month; for the Doosan Corporation; the Washington Speakers Bureau; and was personally invited for the Inauguration of South Korean President Lee Myong Bak in February 2008.
In April 2006, Ward visited his birthplace of South Korea, to learn more about his Korean heritage and to spread good will and gratitude to the people of Korea. While there he met with the biracial children of the Pearl Buck Foundation to give them his support.
Ward's passion for helping children is evident. He started the Hines Ward Helping Hands Foundation and also plans to help make life easier for the mixed race kids in South Korea where he is known as the Ambassador for biracial children. He hopes to make this his legacy both at home and abroad.