EarQ and NFL Players Association’s Professional Athletes Foundation to Launch Scholarship Program

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Representatives from EarQ will join the NFL Players Association’s Professional Athletes Foundation during pre-game activities in San Francisco, CA, to launch a new scholarship program for students overcoming hearing loss as well as to further their joint commitment to providing NFLPA members with outstanding hearing healthcare services.

...this new scholarship program will allow us to expand our educational efforts and help inspire a new generation of amazing athletes. --Clifford Carey, vice president of communications of EarQ

Before the big game in San Francisco on February 7, two other teams, EarQ and the NFL Players Association’s Professional Athletes Foundation (PAF), will make big moves to bring hearing loss awareness to new audiences and help support young people who are changing the face of hearing loss in their communities.

At the PAF’s Smocks and Jocks event in the Fisherman’s Wharf district of San Francisco, EarQ and representatives of the PAF will launch a new student scholarship program. The program will present two $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors nationwide who refuse to let their hearing loss keep them from excelling as student athletes or pursuing their dreams.

“This is a very exciting time for our organization and partnership with the PAF,” said Clifford Carey, vice president of communications for EarQ. “Over the past five years, we’ve collaborated on landmark initiatives, such as our hearing loss research program, to help improve former players’ quality of life, but this new scholarship program will allow us to expand our educational efforts and help inspire a new generation of amazing athletes.”

Since 2011, EarQ has been a member discount program provider for the PAF. Through this program and a hearing research program, EarQ is breaking new ground to better understand the connection between hearing loss and contact sports such as professional football and identifying what steps can be taken to improve players’ overall health.

Applicants should submit a written essay to share their personal experiences with hearing loss, addressing it with appropriate technology (if applicable), how it has impacted their efforts in the classroom and in their chosen sports, and how they would utilize the scholarship funds to help them achieve their life goals.

Interested scholarship applicants can contact info(at)earq(dot)com for more information.

About EarQ:

A strategy and consulting firm that supports hearing healthcare providers nationwide, EarQ utilizes innovative business and marketing practices and national public awareness efforts to advocate for excellence in private patient care. Through its 1,400 hearing healthcare provider locations nationwide, EarQ helps provide greater access to quality hearing healthcare services and products.
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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 nflpa.com.

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