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Members of the National Basketball Retired Players Association Celebrate the Gift of Hearing with EarQ in Houston

Syracuse, NY (PRWEB) February 25, 2013

During the events at NBA All-Star 2013 Weekend in Houston, members of the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA)-- the only alumni association comprised of former NBA, ABA and Harlem Globetrotters players--worked with representatives from The HearStrong Foundation to advocate the importance of spreading hearing health awareness and helped present the gift of hearing to deserving children.

Robert Horry, seven-time NBA World Champion, joined representatives from the NBRPA and The HearStrong Foundation on February 15th at Peck Elementary School (Houston ISD). There, Horry presented certificates for state-of-the-art EarQ hearing devices to two local children with hearing loss during the appearance, whose families could not otherwise afford hearing technology.

“Seeing the looks of joy and gratitude on the children’s faces was a truly moving and humbling experience for all involved,” said Ed Keller, CEO of The HearStrong Foundation. “We were so proud to be involved in the weekend’s activities and to help educate the former players, as well as the public, about their hearing health.”

With the help of its sponsor, EarQ, the foundation also honored one of its first HearStrong Champions, Rev. Johnnie Mathis, in an official naming ceremony at The Hotel Derek in Houston. On February 14th, former NBA All-Star Cedric Ceballos helped present Mathis with his official HearStrong medal. Mathis, a hospital chaplain from Hempstead, TX, dealt with life-long hearing loss that worsened when he received radiation treatments for vocal cord cancer in 2006. But thanks to hearing devices and hard work, Mathis is now able to fully experience his life.

About HearStrong:

The HearStrong Foundation strives to recognize the accomplishments of those who have overcome hearing loss and live their lives to the fullest. Headquartered in Syracuse, NY, the foundation is a world-wide advocate for hearing loss awareness, education and support. For more information about the foundation, or to nominate a HearStrong Champion, please visit
                                                                                                 Contact: info(at)hearstrong(dot)org

About the National Basketball Retired Players Association:

The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) is comprised of former professional basketball players from the NBA, ABA and Harlem Globetrotters. It is a 501(c) 3 organization with a mission to develop, implement and advocate a wide array of programs to benefit its members, supporters and the community. The NBRPA was founded in 1992 by basketball legends Dave DeBusschere, Dave Bing, Archie Clark, Dave Cowens and Oscar Robertson. The NBRPA works in direct partnerships with the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association. Arnie D. Fielkow is the President & CEO, and the NBRPA Board of Directors includes Chairman of the Board Otis Birdsong, Vice Chairman Thurl Bailey, Treasurer Marvin Roberts, Secretary Steve Hayes, Past President Robert A. (Bob) Elliott, Past President Dr. George W. Tinsley Sr., Rick Barry, Harvey Catchings, Spencer Haywood, LaRue Martin and Johnny Newman. For more information, please visit

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