Super Bowl XL and Dancing with the Stars champion, retired wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Hines Ward will be the guest speaker at the LNP’s High School Sports All-Star Awards. This ceremony and dinner for Lancaster County’s best of the best in high school sports will be recognizing the top male and female athletes on May 18th, 2016 at 6pm at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex – Field House. Hines will address the entire audience following dinner and prior to the awards ceremony. After the conclusion of the event, there will be a public meet and greet for all attendees from 9-10 pm. Hines will be available for photos only and will meet as many attendees as time will allow. Tickets are $75 to support these athletes and local sports. Tickets include entrance to the event with Hines Ward, Parking, a gourmet meal (chicken or vegetarian), and access to public meet and greet.
The South Korean – born American football player moved to Atlanta when he was only one year old. Once in high school his football coach, Mike Parris at Forest Park High School in Forest Park, Georgia, pushed Ward to showcase his athletic skills as a quarterback, and was two-time Clayton County Offensive Player of the Year. He spent his college years as a wide receiver for the University of Georgia Bulldogs, Ward’s 149 career receptions for 1,965 yards placed him second in team history. After discovering he did not have an ACL in one of his legs, his draft pick value dropped and he was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round in 1998. He has since led the Steelers in at least one team category every year, has earned three team Most Valuable Player (MVP) selections, and was named co-captain for the 2006 Steelers Super Bowl Team. He is also a four-time consecutive NFL Pro Bowl selection (2001-2004) and is the only player in Pro Bowl history to score a touchdown on an onside kick. He has led the Steelers to the Super Bowl 3 times and is a 2-time Super Bowl champion. He has broken many Steeler records including the all-time receptions record 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 currently holds the record for receptions in a single season. In his final season as a Steeler, Hines reached two more milestones as he became only the 8th receiver in NFL history to reach 1,000 catches in his career and the first in Steeler history and he joins only Jerry Rice as the only two players to reach 1,000 career receptions and win multiple Super Bowls. He also surpassed the 12,000 yards receiving mark as well and moved into 19th place in NFL history and is among the NFL’s elite receivers with 1000 career catches. He is also known for winning the 12th Season of Dancing With The Stars!
Hines has used his fame to give back to the community through a number of organizations including; Hines Ward Helping Hands Foundation, Pearl S. Buck International, Hines Ward Helping Hands Korea Foundation, The Caring Foundation, Cystic, Fibrosis Foundation, Salvation Army, Make a Wish Foundation, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, and Take a Player to School. the LNP’s High School Sports All-Star Awards is excited to have such a talented and good hearted player as a guest speaker at this years Awards. To help him give back to the Lancaster County’s athlete community purchase a ticket to the May 18th, 2016 LNP’s High School Sports All-Star Awards at 6pm at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex – Field House.
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