Robert Horry and NBRPA presented new hearing devices to Elementary School of Houston


horry-benchIn the spirit of goodwill and giving back to the community, 7-time NBA Champion Robert Horry, the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) and partner EarQ presented a deserving student at Peck Elementary School of Houston Independent School District (HISD) with a pair of new hearing devices this Friday.

Horry won seven NBA championships with three teams in 16 NBA seasons.

The Houston Rockets selected Horry out of Alabama with the 11th overall pick in the 1992 draft. Throughout his career, Horry played for the Rockets, Phoenix Suns, LA Lakers and San Antonio Spurs.

Horry helped the Rockets win NBA championships in 1994 and ’95, then he won three straight championships with LA Lakers in 2000-2001-2002, and then two more with the Spurs in 2005 and 2007.

In total, Horry played in 1107 NBA games (481 started), averaging 7 ppg, 4.8 rpg in 24.5 minutes of playing time.

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 percent 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.

“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,” Mark Scoggins, Chief Revenue Officer of the NBRPA said.

“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,” Scoggins added.

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