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Joe Young signs lyrics, shows support for those in need of aural care

Most point guards use hand signals to call plays. Joe Young uses them to speak to those who hear with their eyes.

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Summer has seen Joe Young viciously attack the rim at the Orlando Pro Summer League, wryly kid Paul George about his competence as an angler, and charitably present a pair of Jordan 5 retro sneakers, with help from the Little Wish Foundation, to a boy who had spent most of the past year battling a rare blood disease. This much has been well-documented. Less discussed has been the confident guard's public show of his knowledge of American Sign Language, a unique skill he chose to demonstrate via Twitter a few weeks ago when he shared a video of himself signing some of the verses from the song "Fire & Desire" by Drake.

Later that same week, Young was among the many athletes and celebrities in attendance at the 16th "So The World May Hear Awards Gala" (July 17), an event put on in St. Paul, Minnesota by the Starkey Hearing Foundation which, per the organization, raised a record setting $9.5 million to help reach patients with aural care needs.

Founded by William F. Austin in 1984 on the premise "Alone we can't do much. Together we can change the world," the Starkey Foundation says it has provided more than 1.8 million hearing aids and access to care for those in need in more than 100 countries.

"Joe Young thank you so much for your support. Have fun at the Gala @JoeyBuckets3," the Foundation captioned a photo of Young beside "The Blind Side" star Quinton Aaron.