February 19, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008, Starkey Hearing Foundation partnered with NBA All-Stars and legends, WNBA players and celebrities to fit 150 hearing impaired kids with hearing aids. This was the second
partnership with Starkey, following an October 2007 event, NBA Cares, for which Minnesota Timberwolves players and team owner Glenn Taylor distributed hearing aids to more than 1,000 needy children in Istanbul during NBA Europe Live 2007.
NBA Legends who attended the recent February event include Karl Malone, Jerome Williams, Julian Wright, Sam Perkins, and Jim Hardaway. Participating on behalf of the WNBA was Tamika Catchings. Other participants included NBA Commissioner David Stern and international actor and martial artist, Jet Li.
A Starkey news release reports that since 1973, the company has been giving the gift of hearing to the world’s underprivileged -especially children – through its internationally recognized mission program and its domestic program, Hear Now. Starkey’s mission is to promote hearing health awareness and education; provide hearing instruments and personal listening devices to people in need, and to support and conduct research and education in hearing breakthroughs and technologies. In late 2007, SHF launched the Sound Affects media campaign with public service announcements to educate consumers about responsible listening. Spanning the past 12 months, the Foundation has provided more than 50,000 hearing instruments both domestically and abroad. Since 2000, more than 240,000 hearing instruments have been distributed to persons in need worldwide.