Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Center Audiologists Screen 507 Kids at Redbird Rookies Health Fair

On Saturday, July 18, Cardinals Care hosted an annual free Health Fair for its Redbird Rookies youth baseball league on the campus of University of Missouri-St. Louis. Redbird Rookies is composed of over 20 special leagues and serves nearly 4,500 disadvantaged kids in the St. Louis/Metro area, providing sports equipment and off-field support in health, education, mentoring, and cultural arts.   

At Redbird Rookies Health Fairs, children have the opportunity to receive hearing, vision, asthma, and dental screenings. They and their parents receive health and nutrition information from various partners, and the kids also have the opportunity to receive a free bike helmet and fitting.  

The Center partnered with other area nonprofits again this year to provide hearing screenings for 507 children. Redbird Rookies volunteers joined the Center’s volunteers and staff members in escorting the kids through the audiology line and keeping them entertained while they waited.

Children that did not pass the vision screening evaluation at the event were sent to the Center’s community partner, Eye Care Charity of Mid-America (ECCOMA) for a full eye exam. Some of the children qualified to receive a free pair of glasses from the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile sponsored by ECCOMA. 

For more information on the Redbird Rookies, visit their website at: http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/stl/community/redbird_rookies.jsp.
You may also call their hotline at 314-345-9883 or email them at redbirdrookies@cardinals.com.

Audiology appointments can be made at the Center for Hearing and Speech by calling 314-968-4710.

The Center for Hearing & Speech is a 501 (c) 3  non-profit organization that donates $1.75 million in speech/language, school screening and audiology services every year to residents of metropolitan St. Louis and surrounding communities.  It is a proud member of the United Way of Greater St. Louis and Better Business Bureau.

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