From Yonhap via Naver.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward met with President Lee Myung-bak when the latter was in Pittsburgh for the G-20 Summit on Friday. The Korea Times has the story, but opted not to include the "h" on the end of the city.
President Lee Myung-bak and first lady Kim Yoon-ok met with Korean-American football star Hines Ward and leaders of the Korean community in Pittsburg upon arrival there Friday to participate in the G20 economic summit.
It was the first meeting between Lee and Ward, since the Pittsburg Steelers wide receiver was invited in February 2008 to Lee's inauguration ceremony in Seoul.
Lee told Ward that he and U.S. President Barack Obama are both fans of the Steelers. Ward said he felt grateful for being invited and gave Lee an autographed football, Cheong Wa Dae said.
Ward has often expressed his love for the Korean people. Recently, he donated $1 million to create the Hines Ward Helping Hands Foundation, and donated another $1 million to help multicultural and Korean people in the United States.
And then the article goes onto other topics. Lee also got his autograph:
Ward was heralded a national hero in South Korea after being named MVP of Super Bowl 40. He came to be cast in the media as a symbol of shifting attitudes toward biracial children, though the way I recall it people at the time were proud of him more for being Korean than for being an agent of social change. In December we learned Korea's CY Film would make a movie about Ward and his mother.
Korean papers are reporting that Korea will host the G20 summit next year. After seeing the headaches it caused in Pittsburgh this year, where most of the city was shut down to accomodate dignitaries and protesters, I wish we could have just given them the 2009 version as well.