Celebration of Hearing with Derrick Coleman

Derrick Coleman with Let's Loop Seattle founder Cheri Perazzoli.
Derrick Coleman gives Let’s Loop Seattle founder Cheri Perazzoli a hug.


Let’s Loop Seattle was thrilled to attend the Celebration of Hearing at CenturyLink Field on Friday May 23, 2014, hosted by local hearing loss nonprofits.

The guest of honor: Seattle Seahawk Derrick Coleman, the first deaf offensive player in the NFL. Derrick became deaf at the age of three. He overcame a lifetime of bullying and ignorance to be signed by the Seahawks in December 2012. And of course, Derrick also became a Superbowl champion this year.

Derrick is also a tremendous advocate for people–especially children–with hearing loss. He inspires people of all ages to adopt a “no excuses” approach to achieving their dreams, regardless of their ability to hear.

Spencer West volunteered to lay the temporary hearing loop for free.
Spencer Norby (above) installed the temporary hearing loop
in the ROOT Lounge at CenturyLink Field for the Celebration of Hearing.

The special event took place in the ROOT Sports Lounge in CenturyLink Stadium.  Several hearing accommodations were available. A temporary hearing loop was installed in the lounge for the event by Spencer Norby, who donated his time. We were pleased to introduce the loop to many hearing loss advocates for the first time.

Thank you to the hosts of this memorable day: the Global Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss, Listen and Talk, Viriginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center, and Seattle Children’s Childhood Communications Center.


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