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Basketball Tournament Raises Awareness on Hearing Disorders

Local non-profits team up to benefit Miracle Ear

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Norwalk, CT | Added on December 27, 2014 At 01:45 PM

"It's not fair for other kids who cannot hear properly and not be able to play sports and listen when other kids can," said one student. 

Students aged 11 to 19 took the court at the Ben Franklin Middle School gymnasium Saturday to raise awareness for hearing disorders. 

 "It's a message on listening and communicating right and also it's about boundaries and balance," said Larry Johnson, Character Under Construction executive director. 

The Beyond Kids Foundation teamed up with the Norwalk Recreation and Parks Department and Second Chance Inc. on Saturday for a weekend holiday basketball tournament to raise money for local agency, Miracle Ear.

"Being hearing impaired could happen at birth or it could happen throughout your life, so that's most important that the kids understand that," said Mike Mocciae, director of Norwalk Recreation and Parks. "And participating shows it can be an issue to any one." 

"Even though they may have a hearing disorder, they still have a voice regards to sports," said Nikki Gwinn, Beyond Kids Foundation Inc. CEO. 

Each student had the chance to enter a sketching contest to design a jersey representing the cause. 

 


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