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Hines Ward Show

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Kumite Classic champions represent Pittsburgh Karate on the Hines Ward Show. WPXI host Alby Oxenreiter, Brett Keisel and Hines were on hand for the program that features Positive Athletes in Pittsburgh. Connor Burns, NBL World Champion Dominic Leader, and Coach Bill Viola all represented sport karate and martial arts. Hines was able to learn some karate on air, and warned the Baltimore Ravens to watch out!

Hines Ward demonstrates his best front snap kick and kiai!

Here”s a clip from behind the scenes on the Hines Ward show on youtube:


The demonstration included Hines learning to retrodbonus block a roundhouse kick and counter with a reverse punch. Connor Burns was interviewed by Hines for his community service and taking time out to mentor younger kids. He emphasized self-discipline and the confidence that karate instills. Team Kumite sported the custom kumite classic black & yellow all star gear gloves. Yeah, Champions bleed black & gold! The team is based in North Huntington Irwin, PA. Dominic Leader was the first recipient of the Western PA Positive Athlete award for martial arts last year and continues the tradition of team kumite with the program!

From dancing with the stars, football and even karate, Hines ward is a true sport and great role model! Visit his website http://www.positiveathlete.org/

Positive Athlete

Kumite Classic is proud to support Hines Ward’s Positive Athlete Program. Kumite Classic Champion Dominic Leader was recently honored by Hines for his accomplishments in Martial Arts and his dedication to community service. Congrats Dom.  Pictured below left to right: Pittsburgh Pirates Pitcher Jeff Karstens, Dominic Leader, and Hines Ward at the Heinz History Center.

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Several young athletes were honored this weekend for their positivity both on and off the field.

The first ever Western Pennsylvania Positive Athlete Awards were held Saturday afternoon at the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum at the Heinz History Center. Retired Pittsburgh Steelers’ star Hines Ward and Pittsburgh Pirates’ pitcher Jeff Karstens were on hand for the festivities.

Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl also proclaimed April 21 as Positive Athlete Day in the city.

The 26 honorees, representing 23 area high schools, received an award certificate and a Positive Athlete Dedication t-shirt signed by Ward.

They will also be honored on May 9 at a Pittsburgh Pirates’ home game at PNC Park.

Each student-athlete nominee was required to show excellence on the field, an optimistic attitude, teammate encouragement, leadership, heart for others, an ability to admit imperfections, giving 100 percent and realizing the team is more important than the individual.

Here is the full list of winners for 2011-2012:

  • Baseball – Ben Swaby – Pittsburgh Allderdice (12th grade)
  • Basketball (Girls) – Brittany Jackson – Westinghouse (10th grade)
  • Basketball (Boys) – Christian Joiner – Pittsburgh Central Catholic (12th grade)
  • Cheerleading – Lauren O’Connor – Montour (12th grade)
  • Cross Country (Boys) – Dylan Anderer – South Side (11th grade)
  • Cross Country (Girls) – Emily Strohm – McKeesport (10th grade)
  • Football – Steven O’Hara – Blackhawk (12th grade)
  • Golf (Boys) – Austin Grieger – Quaker Valley (12th grade)
  • Golf (Girls) – Michelle Klein – South Side (10th grade)
  • Gymnastics – Abbie Porritt – North Allegheny (12th grade)
  • Ice Hockey – Koby Uhrig – Moon (11th grade)
  • Lacrosse (Boys) – Zach Simpson – Canon-McMillan (12th grade)
  • Lacrosse (Girls) – Emily Jamison – North Hills (12th grade)
  • Martial Arts – Dominic Leader – Norwin (12th grade)
  • Soccer (Boys) – Alex Burbules – General McLane – Erie (12th grade)
  • Soccer (Girls) – Victoria Fedora – Serra Catholic (12th grade)
  • Softball – Ali Chambers – Avonworth (12th grade)
  • Swimming (Boys) – Erik Brinkhoff – Bethel Park (11th grade)
  • Swimming (Girls) – Mia Pietropola – Plum (11th grade)
  • Tennis (Boys) – Paul Scherer – Hampton Township (12th grade)
  • Tennis (Girls) – Julia Vandrak – Seneca Valley (12th grade)
  • Track & Field (Boys) – Dominic Gibson – Uniontown Area (12th grade)
  • Track & Field (Girls) – Kasey Kemp – Norwin (12th grade)
  • Volleyball (Boys) – Tommy Keisling – North Allegheny (11th grade)
  • Volleyball (Girls) – Nicole Addleman – Indiana (12th grade)
  • Wrestling – Andrew Wood – Pine-Richland (12th grade)