It is not surprising that after dedicating his professional life to establishing and providing hearing health care programs to children, Gil Herer has established a hearing program as part of the Special Olympics. The Healthy Hearing Program became part of the Healthy Athlete Program of the Special Olympics through the tireless efforts of Herer. As Global Clinical Coordinator, he has been on the front line at every stage of this program from inception to implementation. Since its beginning in 1999, over 10,000 Special Olympics athletes have had their hearing screened. His dedication and efforts have translated to an important recognition of the influence of hearing status on the lives of athletes who have and will participate in the Special Olympics program throughout the world. Herer’s contributions truly reflect someone who has placed the interest of others before his own. Throughout his life he has been dedicated to improving the lives of others, and he is most deserving of this recognition for his humanitarian efforts.