NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans honored 32 deaf and hard of hearing children ages 8 to 18 that work with Bridges, middle Tennessee's resource for interpreting, education and youth services for the deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing communities during Sunday's game against the New York Jets at LP Field.
The children signed the National Anthem that was performed by the musical group Gloriana.
"The Titans are proud and honored to have these deserving children help sign our National Anthem for our game vs the Jets," said Ralph Ockenfels, Titans vice president of marketing. "We hope having them at our game will help shine a light on Bridges and the tremendous work they do for the deaf and hard of hearing in our community."
The mission of Bridges is to unite the deaf, hard of hearing and hearing communities through education, services and support, empowering individuals to achieve their full potential. That has been their commitment for more than 80 years and they have been dedicated to the purpose since 1927.
"Bridges' Youth Center offers deaf and hard of hearing children tutoring and support for academics, as well as social opportunities and experiences in an environment where their language is understood," said Mary Hunt, Bridge's youth center coordinator. "The youth center provides afterschool programming, weekend outings and a summer camp series, including a camp for hearing children to learn sign language. The children of Bridges's Youth Center and their families appreciate the gift of this experience from the Titans."
Bridges is fortunate to provide programs and services because of generous donations from local individuals, corporate sponsors, and foundations. The agency envisions a day when there are no barriers for deaf and hard of hearing people to reach their goals. Bridges's main office is located in the Edgehill community.
For more information visit www.bridgesfordeafandhh.org.