February 14, 2013

Chicago, IL – In the spirit of goodwill and giving back to the community, 7-time NBA Champion (including two with the Houston Rockets), Robert Horry, the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) and partner EarQ will be presenting a deserving student at Peck Elementary School of Houston Independent School District (HISD) with a pair of new hearing devices this Friday, February 15, 2013.

WHO: 7-Time NBA Champion Robert Horry, the National Basketball Retired Players Association and EarQ

WHAT: Giving back to the Houston Community. Through its partnership with the NBRPA, EarQ is providing a pair of hearing devices to deserving students at HISD’s Peck Elementary School.

WHEN: February 15 at 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: Peck Elementary School (HISD) - 5001 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

WHY: The NBRPA and EarQ recognize that roughly 36 million Americans suffer from hearing loss—and that number is on the rise. Recent studies have shown that one in five teenagers has hearing loss, as well as 60% of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. However, due to lack of education and negative connotations, many people choose to suffer in silence. Through this partnership and EarQ’s recent announcement of the HearStrong Foundation, the intent is to change that view once and for all.

"We are please with our partnership with the NBRPA and as we continue to grow, we want to show the highly active and vibrant men, women and children who overcome hearing loss every day," said Ed Keller, president of The HearStrong Foundation. "People need to know about the businesswoman who wears invisible hearing aids so she can discreetly hear her clients better, or the nine Olympic athletes who competed in the 2012 London games while wearing their athletically designed hearing devices, or the 4-year-old who loves to show off her pink hearing devices. HearStrong will break down stereotypes and show the humanity of hearing loss," said Keller.

“While our mission is to assist our members in transition from the playing court into life after basketball, the NBRPA further develops, implements and advocates a wide array of programs to support and engage others. As the home of this year’s NBA All-Star Weekend, we are embracing the Houston community in several ways. Our partnership with EarQ helps us to enhance our community efforts. We worked closely with Principal Carlotta Brown at Peck Elementary School and HISD’s audiologist, to identify a child in need of hearing devices and are pleased to be able to change someone’s life in this regard”, said Mark Scoggins, Chief Revenue Officer of the NBRPA.

About Peck Elementary School
Peck Elementary School serves students in pre-kindergarten through grade five. The schools academic curriculum includes a rigorous Reading, Math, Writing, Science, Social Science, and Health and Physical education program for all students. Peck Elementary School also offers a range of special education programs and services for students with special needs. The school operates a cafeteria that provides students with a variety of breakfast and lunch options. In addition, it offers a range of athletic activities and ESL and Bilingual programs. Peck Elementary School has a library and media center that offers an accelerated reader program. Located in Houston the school is governed by the Houston Independent School District. For more information, please visit www.houstonisd.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 CEO, and the NBRPA Board of Directors includes President & Chairman of the Board Robert A. (Bob) Elliott, Vice President Otis Birdsong, Treasurer Marvin Roberts, Secretary Steve Hayes, Past President Dr. George W. Tinsley Sr., Thurl Bailey, Rick Barry, Harvey Catchings, Johnny Newman, LaRue Martin and Spencer Haywood. For more information, please visit www.LegendsofBasketball.com.

About EarQ
The EarQ group is an exclusive network of Hearing Healthcare Providers dedicated to combining the most advanced technologies available with personalized service to provide Americans of all ages who suffer from hearing loss with the best possible hearing solutions. The EarQ Group Believes it can assist the 80% of hearing impaired population who currently suffer from hearing loss & don’t have solutions through three main initiatives; Innovation, Advocacy, & Awareness. EarQ recently formed the HearStrong Foundation to help shatter social stigmas and radically challenge the general perception of hearing loss in our society today. It will celebrate individuals who have not only faced hearing loss, but conquered it with a determined spirit, a focused mind and an unwavering heart. Known as HearStrong Champions, these men, women and children are the cornerstone of the foundation, which is funded through the generosity of EarQ providers. To learn more, or to nominate a HearStrong Champion, visit www.hearstrong.org.

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 www.hearstrong.org.