Simone Ward is the wife of Hines Ward. The former Super Bowl MVP married his high school sweetheart.

Simone Ward

Simone Ward (far left, waving)

Simone Ward is the wife of Pittsburgh Steeler star receiver Hines Ward. The two met when they were both teenagers growing up in the Atlanta, Georgia area. Both Hines Ward and Simone Ward are of mixed race background. As reported in Sports Illustrated, Simone Ward’s mother is Caucasian and her father is African American. Hines Ward’s mother is Korean and his father is African American. Hines Ward’s father, Hines Sr., married his mother Kim Young-hee while he was stationed in Korea with the U.S. Army. Hines Ward was born in Korea and lived there during his early childhood. In Korea, he recalls facing discrimination because of his background. Simone and Hines discussed their mixed race heritage often while they were growing up.

Simone Ward is 30-years-old and the couple have a 5-year-old named Jayden. The family currently resides in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia.

Hines Ward is a wide receiver with the Pittsburgh Steelers and an integral part of the Steelers’ offense. He has played with the Steelers his entire NFL career. Since joining the Steelers in 1998, he has been named to the Pro Bowl four times. He holds the Steelers franchise records for receptions (112) and touchdowns (12) in a single season. He was named Super Bowl MVP in 2006. Hines Ward played wide receiver for the University of Georgia Bulldogs from 1995 to 1998, and was drafted by the Steelers in the third round of the NFL draft.

The couple began a charitable foundation, the Hines Ward Helping Hands Foundation, in Korea to help children of mixed race heritage overcome discrimination.