NBA Cares, Minnesota Timberwolves and Starkey Canada distributors help Starkey Hearing Foundation give hearing aids to children in need in Turkey

    ISTANBUL, Turkey, Oct. 9 /CNW/ - NBA Cares along with Minnesota
Timberwolves players and team owner Glen Taylor joined with a network of
distributors from Starkey Canada and the Starkey Hearing Foundation to
distribute much-needed hearing aids to 1,106 children in Istanbul last week.
The mission was done to coincide with the Timberwolves participation in NBA
Europe Live presented by EA SPORTS(TM). The children received more than 2,200
hearing aids during the four-day mission, running Oct. 2 thru 5. NBA Cares
joined the Starkey Hearing Foundation in an effort to fulfill the foundation's
commitment to helping the world to hear.
    "It's a very humbling experience to go on a trip like this and see the
incredible need that exists in the world," said Taylor. "But it's also very
rewarding to know that we helped so many people hear, many for the first time
ever. I'm grateful that we were able to work with the Starkey Hearing
Foundation and NBA Cares to make this mission a success."
    On hand to assist Taylor and Bill Austin, founder of Starkey Hearing
Foundation, were NBA Commissioner David Stern, the entire Timberwolves team
and NBA Legends Clyde Drexler and Julius "Dr.J" Erving. As a part of the
mission, the children fitted with hearing aids also received training on
hearing aid care and maintenance and a supply of hearing aid batteries.
    The Starkey Hearing Foundation and NBA Cares also partnered with Tac, a
local Turkish company that sponsored the dedication of a new NBA Cares Learn &
Play Center at Avcilar Ataturk Ilkogretim Okulu school in Istanbul, to give 50
of the children who received hearing aids tickets to the Timberwolves game
against Turkish professional team Efes Pilsen Istanbul on Oct.6.

    About the Starkey Hearing Foundation

    Since 1973, Starkey has been giving the gift of hearing to the world's
underprivileged - especially children - through its internationally recognized
mission program and its domestic program, Hear Now. With a mission to promote
hearing health awareness and education, provide hearing instruments and
personal listening devices to people in need, and to support and conduct
research and education in hearing breakthroughs and technologies, the
foundation has provided more than 40,000 hearing instruments over the last
12 months, both domestically and abroad. Please visit to learn more.

    About NBA Cares

    NBA Cares is the league's social responsibility initiative that builds on
the NBA's long tradition of addressing important social issues in the United
States and around the world. Through this umbrella program, the NBA, its teams
and players have committed to donating $100 million to charity, providing a
million hours of hands on service to the community and creating 250 places
where kids and families can live, learn or play. NBA Cares works with
internationally-recognized youth-serving programs that support education,
youth and family development, and health-related causes, including: UNICEF;
the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS,
Malaria and Tuberculosis.

For further information:

For further information: Caroline L. Lemelin, Starkey Hearing
Foundation, (866) 354-3254 office, (214) 282-7930 cell,

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