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SEOUL — Eight Amerasian children from South Korea spent a week in America at the invitation of Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward.

Ward paid for the children’s air fare and other expenses, said Bae Kyung-hee, an official from Pearl S. Buck International, an organization founded in the mid-1960s to help Asian children who were not eligible for adoption.

The organization assisted Ward in bringing the children to the United States, where they stayed with host families and watched the Steelers play the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

The children were slated to return early this week.

Ward, whose mother is Korean and whose father is a black American, was voted most valuable player of the Super Bowl in 2006, the first Korean-American to achieve that honor. The 31-year-old was born in Seoul and has been an advocate for the rights of biracial children in South Korea, according to an article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The children wrote essays talking about their lives and their dreams prior to visiting Ward.

“You and I have something in common,” said one child. “It was hard for your mother to raise you and it is hard for my mother to raise me too. Because I do not want to make it any harder for my mother, I study very hard, so I can be just like you.”

Another said being Amerasian once caused difficulty for him.

“I have a good relationship with everybody here and most of my friends are Korean,” he said. “When I was younger people looked at me strangely, but now I don’t have problems like that anymore.”

This was the second year that Ward brought children to the United States, Bae said.

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