Rally to celebrate Hines Ward's dance win

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Hines Ward and dance partner Kym Johnson will show off their Mirror Ball Trophy at a noon rally Thursday that Pittsburgh is holding to honor their victory in ABC-TV's "Dancing With the Stars" competition.

The rally will be held in front of the City-County Building on Grant Street. Fans are encouraged to wear black and gold and bring Terrible Towels to the rally.

"City residents and the Steelers Nation have contacted my office asking for the city to properly thank our hometown hero for once-again shining the spotlight on Pittsburgh," Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said.

In addition, couples are invited to highlight their dancing skills in two-minute YouTube videos for a chance to appear on stage with Mr. Ward and Ms. Johnson. No more than two dancers can appear in the video.

Videos, with the entrants' contact information, must be submitted to CityDWTScontest@gmail.com by 4 p.m. Wednesday.

City officials will pick five videos for posting on the city Facebook page. The three entrants with the most "likes" by 11 a.m. Thursday will be invited on stage for a "dance-off" to be judged by Mr. Ward, Ms. Johnson and Mr. Ravenstahl.

The three finalists will be photographed with Mr. Ward, Ms. Johnson and their Mirror Ball Trophy. Winners of the dance-off will receive autographed Hines Ward jerseys.

In addition, fans who bring nonperishable food items for the Salvation Army can enter a contest with the chance of winning a Terrible Towel signed by Mr. Ward and Ms. Johnson.

The City-County Building is across Forbes Avenue from the Allegheny County Courthouse. If the penalty phase of the Richard Poplawski trial is still in progress Thursday, the city may move the rally to another Downtown location, mayoral spokeswoman Joanna Doven said.

Joe Smydo: jsmydo@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1548.


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