This is a story that begins with intolerance and shame, and becomes one of acceptance and hope. It is a lesson that extends far beyond a game, and serves to inspire the world over.
Born in Seoul to a South Korean mother and an African-American father, Hines Ward's childhood was filled with resentment. He suffered endless bullying and struggled with a sense of isolation. And then, he was introduced to American football. Sport saved Hines, and opened up his eyes to a new reality - a reality of the sacrifices his mom had made to give him a chance at a better life in the United States. Eventually, Hines reached the pinnacle of his sport, winning two Super Bowls and Most Valuable Player, becoming a superstar in both America and South Korea. It was there, in his birth country, that he came upon his true calling.
With unprecedented access, CNN journeys to South Korea with Hines Ward as he returns for a very special reunion. A decade ago, they had inspired each other, as Hines saw in this group of biracial children the same struggles he endured as a child himself. In this superstar who looked just like them, these children found a role model. They embraced each other, shared their struggles, and have since helped to change a culture of racism in profound ways.