Pro Player Health Alliance and a few of the Arizona Cardinals Making a Difference at Copper Creek Elementary School

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The national “Tackle Sleep Apnea” campaign with Former NFL legends visited Phoenix elementary school.

This was a wonderful opportunity for the kids to meet some NFL greats and bring more awareness to the community.

The Pro-Player Health Alliance (PPHA) and Former NFL Legends, visited Copper Creek Elementary School to visit and share their stories about being Pro NFL Players and the importance of health and wellness. The players, Roy Green and Sid Justin, spoke about working hard, being a good friend, to depend on their friends and to appreciate their families and teachers. Additionally, they autographed shirts, hats, and footballs for the kids and took pictures with them for memories.

David Gergen, President of the PPHA has a son, Jack, who attends the elementary school and was the one that made it all happen. Additionally, Barbara Westcott, Jack’s third grade teacher helped to facilitate the assembly with the Principal, Brian Fineberg and worked on all of the arrangements for the assembly at the school.

“Thank you so much, Mr. Gergen. The kids were so very excited about the Cardinals and NFL Greats coming to our school. Thank you so very much!” said Barbara Westcott.

These players are amongst a few who have been part of PPHA’s national “Tackle Sleep Apnea” campaign, which raises awareness of sleep apnea and the connection with cardiovascular disease. The organization holds events throughout the country that encourage screenings and tests to check for sleep apnea and cardiovascular disease.

“This was a wonderful opportunity for the kids to meet some NFL Greats and bring more awareness to the community. It was a pleasure to set this up with the school to continue to encourage athleticism, health, and wellness with these NFL Greats. Thank you to the NFL players for all of your support and for coming out to my son’s school,” said Gergen.

For more information about PPHA or the “Tackle Sleep Apnea” campaign, visit

About Pro Player Health Alliance
The Pro Players Health Alliance (PPHA) is an organization dedicated to helping former NFL players, through providing testing and treatment options for those who suffer from sleep apnea. In addition, the PPHA is dedicated to integrating education and raising sleep apnea awareness, in a fun and memorable way. In addition to the campaign, the PPHA is dedicated to testing and getting people treated who suffer from sleep apnea. The PPHA was created by David Gergen, President of Gergen’s Orthodontic Lab, Rani Ben-David, President of Sleep Group Solutions, and Former NFL legends.

About David Gergen
David Gergen, CDT and President of Pro Player Health Alliance, has been a nationally respected dental lab technician for over 25 years. He received the award for "The Finest Orthodontic Technician in the Country" given by Columbus Dental in 1986. He also has been appointed chair of the dental wing of the Sleep and Breathing Academy a national interdisciplinary academy dedicated to sleep training and education with over 60,000 members. David rolled out of bed on September 12, 1981 and had his career “ah ha” moment. He knew he was going to be an orthodontic technician and he knew he was going to help people all over the country to help treat their sleep disorders in partnership with their dentists. He has worked for some of the pioneers in the orthodontic and sleep dentistry fields. He was the personal technician for the likes of Dr. Robert Ricketts, Dr. Ronald Roth, Dr. A. Paul Serrano, Dr. Clark Jones, Dr. Harold Gelb, Dr. Joseph R. Cohen, Dr. Rodney Willey, Dr. Allan Bernstein, and Dr. Thien Pham. One of his proudest achievements is receiving The National Leadership award for Arizona Small Businessman of the Year in 2004.
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