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Oklahoma NFL stars Adrian Peterson, Roy Williams headed to Africa

Oklahomans and other NFL stars to return to Africa for charity hearing aid mission
BY DAVID ZIZZO, Staff Writer, Published: March 12, 2011

Several former University of Oklahoma football stars and other NFL players will be in Africa this month on a charity mission to help promote hearing for the deaf.

Adrian Peterson (Minnesota Vikings), Roy Williams (Cincinnati Bengals), Tommie Harris (former Chicago Bear), Gerald McCoy (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and among the players accompanying a team of audiologists to Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Pemba Island and Tanzania. The group, sponsored by the Starkey Hearing Foundation, will distribute 22,000 hearing aids to the hearing-impaired.

With the group will be Marlee Matlin, actress who has been deaf since childhood. Matlin won an Oscar for best actress for her role in “Children of a Lesser God,” a movie set in a school for deaf children.

The football players are part of Pros for Africa, a nonprofit relief organization providing basic needs to the children of Africa.

Bill Austin, of Starkey Hearing Foundation, said the mission “can make a tremendous difference in a child's quality of life and future just by opening them up to a new world of sound.”

Adrian Peterson said the hearing foundation has been an ideal partner for Pros for Africa. “Together we are helping one another realize both of our missions by making a meaningful impact in the lives of African families and children.”

Peterson was joined by NFL players Harris, Williams and Mark Clayton on a similar trip last year to Africa.

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