JP Spotlight: Hines Ward Tackles Bullying

Congrats to NFL receiver Hines Ward for winning “Dancing With the Stars” tonight! Watching this video and learning about his life made me respect the guy even more. Prepare to be inspired!

NFL wide receiver Hines Ward is a force to be reckoned with on the field. His hard-hitting and hard working attitude has earned him the coveted MVP honor in Superbowl XL. Yet, it’s his story off the field that inspires us all.

Growing up, Hines Ward was picked on for being different. As a half-Korean, half-black child, he never felt like he really belonged. He felt the humiliation of being bullied every single day, and it was only through football that he learned to cope with the teasing. As an NFL player and a newly sworn-in commissioner on the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, he has made it his mission to fight bullying.

He started his own foundation called The Hines Ward Helping Hands Foundation to help biracial kids who are bullied. Learn more about his foundation here:

This is part of a series called Jubilee Project Spotlight to shine a light on ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Watch more videos at


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