Seattle Seahawk Derrick Coleman – the first legally deaf offensive player in the NFL – made a surprise appearance at a hearing mission yesterday, where more than 100 New Yorkers received free hearing aids. The mission took place at Yankee Stadium and was sponsored by Starkey Hearing Foundation; Coleman himself wears Starkey hearing aids.
Other celebrities and pro athletes also volunteered at the mission, including Garth Brooks, Daymond John, Barbara Bush, Joe Girardi, Alan Kalter, Tommie Harris, Larry Fitzgerald, A.J. Green and Justin Tuck.
Each year, Starkey Hearing Foundation conducts a mission in the Super Bowl host city; this year the Foundation partnered with the New York Yankees and Garth Brooks ProCamp. Hearing loss affects one in five Americans, and 63 million children worldwide, yet many do not have access to the hearing devices that can help them. The Foundation has pledged to fit 1 million hearing aids to people in need this decade, as a member of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), and is currently 40 percent ahead of its goal.