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NBA star Serge Ibaka of the Oklahoma City Thunder joined us on a hearing mission in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo and Kinshasa, DRC. A local hero, Serge was an invaluable part of the team and help us change many lives with the gift of hearing.

About Serge Ibaka & the Serge Ibaka Foundation
The Serge Ibaka Foundation wants to inspire children around the world to believe in themselves, believe in their chances no matter how hard their circumstances are. Going through difficult times as a kid himself, Serge Ibaka is determined to help the kids of Congo, Oklahoma City and the rest of the World, contributing in issues such as education, health, and nutrition. Partnering with established and key organizations, the Foundation wants to take action and make an impact in communities and individuals that need help and can use Serge Ibaka’s story as an inspiration to set goals for their lives.

Growing up in Congo, the odds of Serge Ibaka becoming an NBA player where low. But determination and perseverance helped him achieve his goals. His life story is proof that, indeed, anything is possible.

About Starkey Hearing Foundation
Starkey Hearing Foundation uses hearing as a vehicle to reflect caring and change lives around the world. Disabling hearing loss affects more than 360 million people, including 32 million children, worldwide, yet many do not have access to the hearing devices that can help them. As a member of Clinton Global Initiative, Starkey Hearing Foundation has pledged to provide more than one million hearing aids to people in need this decade and currently gives more than 175,000 hearing aids annually. In addition to giving the gift of hearing through worldwide hearing missions, Starkey Hearing Foundation promotes hearing health awareness and education through the Listen Carefully campaign and provides hearing instruments to low-income Americans through the Hear Now program. Started as the philanthropic effort of Starkey Hearing Technologies, Starkey Hearing Foundation was founded by William F. Austin in 1984. For more information visit www.starkeyhearingfoundation.org.

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