Seattle Seahawk Derrick Coleman Helps Out With Starkey Hearing Foundation Super Bowl Mission


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.

So cool!


  1. THis is so awesome!!! I read about this last week! I thought it was the neatest thing to see how he is helping out the deaf community!

  2. I am so glad to see a great program like this. Rarely do we stop to give back. Sadly we either dont have the time or money. Thank you for reminding me that some people still care!

  3. What a nice thing for him to do! I had no idea that he was hearing impaired. Hubby is watching the game right now and apparently they’re winning. Guess good do follow the good! 🙂

  4. What an awesome mission! It is really sad when kids don’t have access to things that would vastly improve their quality of living! I love that the stars step out and really get involved with the community. And I love Garth Brooks!

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