A new program in the Erie School District kicked off Thursday, and a famous Pittsburgh Steeler was in town to help.
Former Steelers Wide Receiver Hines Ward was in town for the "Character: Be All About It" kick off event.
The program, created by Pennsylvania State Trooper Matt Harris, focuses on building character of young adults. The goal is to positively impact the way students in the city view education and life.
Trooper Harris said being in the police force for 19 years, is what led him to start this program.
"I just wanted to do something different, something positive. So meeting with educators, I felt character was something I seen as totally missing in the home, and I just felt that's something that I could help out with."
Ward said it was an honor to come in, and talk to students about his life experiences, and how they built his character.
"Hopefully it gives kids more insight and more listening power to hear what he's talking about. I think it's phenomenal that he's giving up his time and really cares about the Erie youth and making Erie a better place."
The program is currently at Wayne and Pfeiffer-Burleigh schools.