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Starkey Hearing Foundation Teams Up with Special Olympics for the 2015 World Summer Games

July 23, 2015 Press Release

MINNEAPOLIS (July 23, 2015) – Starkey Hearing Foundation is showing its support for Special Olympics by becoming the Healthy Hearing partner for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles, July 25 through August 2.  As a partner, the Foundation will provide hearing health exams and free hearing aids to Special Olympics athletes at the Summer Games.

“Starkey Hearing Foundation has been supporting the great work of Special Olympics for a number of years in Minnesota, so we are excited to have the opportunity to work with them on an even greater level for the World Games,” said William F. Austin, Founder of Starkey Hearing Foundation. “We use hearing as a vehicle to improve the lives of people around the world, which fits perfectly with the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes initiative.”

For more than three decades, Starkey Hearing Foundation has been changing lives through hearing care, providing more than 1.6 million hearing aids to people in need. Last year alone, the Foundation provided more than 175,000 free hearing aids worldwide. This partnership with Special Olympics will help the Foundation fulfill its goal of providing 1 million hearing aids this decade.

“We are proud to partner with an organization like Starkey Hearing Foundation,” said Special Olympics CEO Janet Froetscher. “We use the transformative power of sports to instill confidence, improve health and connect our athletes into their communities. Having the ability to hear gives our athletes the confidence they need to succeed in competition and their communities.”

Special Olympics Healthy Hearing is one of seven disciplines within the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes® program. The Healthy Athletes program works to provide health services and information to millions of people in need in more than 130 countries. Healthy Hearing has provided free hearing exams in more than 80 countries and has distributed more than 2,000 hearing aids worldwide. 

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