The HearStrong Foundation Holds its First HearStrong Champion Awards Presentation During Pre-Game Activities in New Orleans

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Paul Szemborski Jr. is named an official HearStrong Champion amongst members of the NFL Players Association.

The HearStrong Foundation

(Paul's) story will surely impact the way people view hearing loss, who it affects and how important it is to overcome.

On Saturday, February 2nd, representatives from The HearStrong Foundation will award Paul Szemborski Jr., 17, of Jasper, TX, the title of HearStrong Champion. The presentation will be held during the NFL Players Association’s annual Smocks & Jocks Jazz Brunch and Art Auction, an event that raises funds for the Gene Upshaw Players Assistance Trust Fund and the Terence Blanchard & Robin Burgess Endowment for Jazz Studies at the New Orleans Center of Creative Arts.

The HearStrong Foundation selected Paul, nominated by Susan Bolgiano, HIS, of Clear Choice Hearing Solutions, to be a HearStrong Champion because of his determination to conquer his hearing loss and achieve his life goals, on and off the field. Paul’s journey to better hearing began when his football coach informed him that he could no longer play because he couldn’t hear the sounds of the game. Refusing to give up on his ambitions, Paul decided to address his hearing loss and get fitted for hearing devices.

“My first football practice with my hearing aids was like a dream come true,” said Paul. “I almost cried because I was able to really communicate and interact with my teammates.”

The HearStrong Foundation, sponsored by EarQ and the NFL Players Association, will present Paul with an official HearStrong Champion certificate and gold medal.

“Paul is a remarkable young man,” said Ed Keller, CEO of the HearStrong Foundation. “His story will surely impact the way people view hearing loss, who it affects and how important it is to overcome.”

To learn more about Paul, visit

About HearStrong:
The HearStrong Foundation was introduced by EarQ 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 contact: info(at)hearstrong(dot)org

About the NFL Players Association:
The National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) is a non-profit, professional sports union that protects the best interests and welfare of all NFL players. It serves as the exclusive bargaining agent for all NFL players in collective bargaining. Established in 1956, the NFLPA has a long history of assuring proper recognition and representation of players’ interests. The NFLPA is governed by a Board of Player Representatives, acting in accordance with the NFLPA Constitution and federal labor laws. The NFLPA’s responsibilities include: Representing all players in matters concerning wages, hours and working conditions and protecting their rights as professional football players; ensuring that the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement are met; negotiating and monitoring retirement and insurance benefits; providing other member services and activities; providing assistance to charitable and community organizations; enhancing and defending the image of players and their profession, on and off the field. For more information, visit

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