ORLANDO, Fla. – The 2022 Special Olympics USA Games hosted at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex hosted 5,500 athletes from all 50 states.
That included Arkansas softball player Tevin Walker who took part in a hearing test for athletes participating in the games.
“Yeah, I’m listening to coach,” Walker said.
William Austin, founder, and CEO of Starkey Hearing Technologies offered the program known as Starkey Cares. More than 2,700 hearing screenings and nearly 500 personally fitted hearing instruments were given to participants at the health athletes’ village.
“When they can hear, they really come up on their game,” Austin said.
Austin said hearing loss can significantly impact an athlete’s performance and the partnership with Special Olympics is a way to help athletes enjoy their moment in the spotlight.
“This young man’s mother on the phone was just crying because he could hear, you see that and certainly those feelings are reflected to you,” Austin said.