MLB Great Recognized for Changing the Face of Hearing Loss

Mon, 16 Nov 2015 07:35:06 EST

The HearStrong Foundation recently recognized former MLB player and Gallaudet University baseball coach Curtis Pride as a HearStrong Champion for his determination to overcome hearing loss and inspire others to do the same during the 2015 Academy of Doctors of Audiology Convention in Washington, D.C.

Pictured from left: Curtis with Ed Keller, founder and president of the HearStrong Foundation

Washington, D.C. (November 16, 2015)—On November 13, the HearStrong Foundation celebrated Curtis Pride, former professional baseball player and current Gallaudet University baseball team coach, as a HearStrong Champion alongside representatives of EarQ, the foundation's main sponsor, during a special ceremony at the 2015 Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) Convention in Washington, D.C.

From Washington, D.C., Curtis was diagnosed with profound hearing loss shortly after birth. He was an avid athlete throughout his childhood, but he especially excelled on the baseball field. Debuting in the major leagues with the Montreal Expos in 1993, Curtis went on to play for several different teams before retiring in 2006, including the New York Yankees, the Atlanta Braves, and the Boston Red Sox.

Curtis has coached the Gallaudet University baseball team since 2008.

This ceremony marked the second time the foundation celebrated representatives of Gallaudet. In 2013, HearStrong recognized the university's football team as HearStrong Champions following its record setting season and fist ever Eastern Collegiate Football Conference championship win.

"Through his successful playing career and work to motivate others with hearing loss, particularly children, to chase their dreams, Curtis is a wonderful example for others to follow," said Ed Keller, founder and president of the HearStrong Foundation. "We're thrilled to call him a HearStrong Champion."

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