Todd Honas, a Remarkable Student Athlete with Hearing Loss, Wins Scholarship from EarQ and the NFLPA

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The NFLPA, EarQ, and Boys Town National Research Hospital celebrate Todd Honas, a student who has excelled academically and athletically despite challenges surrounding his hearing loss.

Andrew Hebert, Senior VP of EarQ, Todd Honas, the honoree, and Danny Noonan, former NFL player.

I am hoping I will provide some motivation for my peers at the college level who are also hearing impaired... adversity is one of the biggest problems we will ever face, and it can be overcome with courage and relentless pursuit. -Todd Honas

On July 22 in Omaha, Nebraska, Boys Town National Research Hospital hosted a ceremony for Todd Honas, a student athlete who received a scholarship from EarQ and the NFL Players Association's Professional Athletes Foundation (NFLPA).

Todd overcame hearing loss to graduate from Aurora High School this past May. In addition to excelling academically, he played varsity football, basketball and track. Todd is the current record holder for four state football records, and plans to play football for the University of Nebraska Lincoln as a preferred walk on athlete. He has a thirst for knowledge and is motivated to tackle any problem that comes his way.

“Even though I battled against an array of problems, I didn’t let those problems define me,” says Todd. “I am hoping I will provide some motivation for my peers at the college level who are also hearing impaired. Whether we like it or not, adversity is one of the biggest problems we will ever face, and it can be overcome with courage and relentless pursuit.”

EarQ and the NFLPA have been addressing hearing healthcare together for over five years, and the partnership is furthering its mission by granting scholarships to student athletes with hearing loss. The recipients are dedicated individuals who see success in both their chosen sport and in the classroom. With more resources to continue their education, these students are better equipped to thrive and become advocates and role models for young people with hearing loss.

Through its partnership with the NFLPA and its not-for-profit organization, the HearStrong Foundation, EarQ can continue its mission to spread hearing health awareness and shatter stigmas surrounding hearing loss. Individuals like Todd help make this possible.

About EarQ:
A prestigious nationwide network of independent hearing healthcare providers, EarQ utilizes innovative business and marketing practices as well as national public awareness efforts to advocate for excellence in the industry and patient care. Through its 1,400 hearing healthcare provider locations nationwide, EarQ helps provide greater access to quality hearing healthcare services and products.

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.

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