By CHERIL VERNON
Palestine native and Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson took part in a “homegrown” hearing mission along with some of his other teammates recently.
The Minnesota Vikings partnered with Starkey Hearing Foundation to meet with 50 young patients who arrived at the Starkey Hearing Foundation headquarters in Minnesota, a non-profit organization that fits more than 10,000 instruments a year overseas and in the United States.
The children traveled from Metro Deaf School and Faribault School for the Deaf, and as far away as California, Missouri and Indiana.
Overjoyed to meet their heroes, the children taught Peterson and other Vikings players Greg Jennings, Josh Freeman, Jerome Simpson and Greg Childs some sign language, while the players doled out encouragement, inspiration and autographs.
Peterson and Jennings laughed and joked with the children, and each of the players had the opportunity to assist as Starkey Hearing Foundation employees fit each patient with a new hearing aids, customized to their hearing loss.
“Thanks to Starkey Hearing Technologies, the Vikings and these players with generous hearts, each child left with a huge smile and had a day they will never forget,” a news release said.
Simpson Hearing Center in Palestine is an Audibel hearing care center. Audibel is a sister company that is under the umbrella of Starkey Hearing Foundation.