Nonprofit Teams Up with Pro Athletes on Learning Disorder Affecting 70 Million Worldwide
By: IndieKater PR
Stuttering affects more than three million Americans and 70 million people across the globe including celebrities like Shaquille O' Neal, Steve Harvey, Bruce Willis and Presidential Nominee Joe Biden (The Stuttering Foundation). Approximately 5% of kids stutter which lasts six months or more and three-fourths of children recover by late childhood, but a desperate 1% will suffer long-term (Dosomething.org)
Every 1 Voice Matters has made it their mission to bring awareness to this cause. Their goal is to make a powerful impact in the lives of kids who stutter, are bullied and who deal with low self-esteem. They decided to join forces with influential figures who have dealt personally with the issue first-hand to shed light to this underserved cause on a larger platform.
"I had a stuttering problem when I was younger and I still have a little stutter to this day," says Seattle Seahawks Player and Charleston, SC native Brandon Shell. "With the help of my family, friends and the people around me as well as doing things at my own pace, I was able to overcome some of the problems that I had."
Retired NBA Power Forward Kenyon Martin, who played for the New Jersey Nets, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks and Milwaukee Bucks joined forces with the nonprofit last year and said "I grew up stuttering and I still stutter. I was teased as a kid, picked on and therefore I had to develop thick skin."
The nonprofit's founder Sherrikka Myers also suffered from this speech impediment at an early age and overcame through reading, a technique she advocates through the organization's mascot "Lil Herbie" who also shared some encouraging words on the day. "My hope is that this collaboration empowers youth with the confidence to overcome the roadblocks and challenges of interacting and engaging with others," says Myers.
To help Every 1 Voice Matters make a greater difference in the lives of youth and their surrounding communities, visit https://www.every1voicematters.org/
To watch the National Stuttering Awareness Day Video view this link: https://www.facebook.com/