February 1, 2020 — Before Sunday’s big game, EarQ and the NFL Players Association’s Professional Athletes Foundation joined together at Smocks and Jocks, a charitable art auction that benefits the livelihood of former professional football players.
EarQ, the preferred hearing care provider for the NFL Players Association’s PAF, participates in this exclusive event each year. Smocks and Jocks features artwork of current and former professional football players and proceeds go to the Gene Upshaw Players Assistance Trust, an organization that helps former plays in need of financial assistance or those who wish to continue their education.
The well-being of former professional football players is something that EarQ and the NFLPA have been focused on for nearly a decade. Through their efforts, the partnership aims to find hearing healthcare solutions and drive a nationwide hearing loss awareness movement for former players and their fans.
EarQ and the NFL Players Association are also sponsors of the HearStrong Foundation, a non-profit organization that shares the stories of remarkable people with hearing loss and recognizes them as Champions. While in Miami, EarQ and Andre Collins, Executive Director of the Professional Athletes Foundation, teamed up with HearStrong to honor Colby Ferris, a student athlete whose positive attitude and desire to help others with hearing loss earned him the title of HearStrong Champion.
“I’ve had hearing aids for so long and I never felt different from other people” says Colby. “Maybe that will help others find confidence within themselves.”
Recognizing people like Colby and attending advocacy-focused events like Smocks and Jocks are just one of the ways EarQ and the NFL Players Association are raising awareness for hearing health in former professional football players and their fans across the nation.
To learn more about EarQ and its partnership with the NFLPA’s PAF, please call (866) 432-7500.
EarQ grows independent practices. By removing friction inherent to the patient experience, EarQ makes it easy for the 48 million Americans in need of hearing care to connect with experts who can help them. This is accomplished through EarQ’s expert consulting team, proprietary programs and tools, and comprehensive approach to digital marketing and patient demand.
About the NFLPA’s Professional Athletes Foundation:
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 player’s interests. The NFLPA is governed by a Board of Player Representatives, acting in accordance with the NFLPA Constitution and federal labor laws.