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Speech and Hearing Clinic Receives Donation from Motorcycle Club PDF Print E-mail
Friday, March 26, 2010
Contact Van Arnold, 601.266.5568   

Leather jackets, tattoos and facial hair are visible staples among members of the Misfits Motorcycle Club. But what most people can’t see are the soft hearts that lie beneath the gruff exterior.

Lynn Boardman, director of the Speech and Hearing Clinic at The University of Southern Mississippi, can certainly testify to the bikers’ generosity. Boardman, who also works as a speech/language pathologist at Southern Miss, recently accepted a $2,500 donation to the clinic on behalf of the club.

Boardman said the funds would be used to assist clients in the cost of therapy. “With local, state and government budget cuts, the economy and hardships of some of our clients in general, this money is welcomed and much-needed,” she said.

On Jan. 16 the Misfits held their annual fundraiser known as the “Polar Bear Run.” The event included a motorcycle ride, barbeque plate sale and silent auction. The Misfits, along with other local motorcycle clubs, collected auction items from businesses in the Hattiesburg and Laurel areas. Despite frigid temperatures, the club raised enough money to make a significant contribution to the Speech and Hearing Clinic.

“Lynn and I have a mutual friend who told us (the club) about the work being done at the clinic,” said Misfits National President Sid Crews, who presented the check to Boardman. “Each year we try to find a suitable charity to be the main benefactor of our ‘Polar Bear Run’ and the clinic seemed like a perfect choice.”

The Speech and Hearing Clinic is a service of the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at Southern Miss. Under supervision of certified faculty and staff, students observe and participate in the assessment and management of children and adults from Hattiesburg and the surrounding area.

Speech-language professionals provide services related to the following:

 Accent reduction
Language disorders
Dysphagia (swallowing disorders)
Cerebral palsy
Cleft palate
Head injuries


Audiology services include the following: 
 Consultations, fittings, checks and instructions for hearing aids and other assistive devices
Ear molds
Hearing and auditory processing evaluations

Misfits member Kenneth Richardson said the stereotypical image of bikers rumbling through a community thumbing their noses at society is misleading. “The media is responsible for the bad rap we get sometimes,” said Richardson. “A lot of times all you hear or see is negative stuff about bikers when the truth is what we really want is to help out in our communities just like other folks.”

Boardman said she, department chair Dr. Steven Cloud, and other clinic members were thrilled when the Misfits came forward with the idea of making a donation.

“Normally the money from their fundraisers is donated to agencies outside our area. This year they wanted to help out a local group that helps people of all ages,” said Boardman. “Bikers are a great group of individuals with big hearts who want to make a positive difference in the lives of those who need it.”

For more information about the Speech and Hearing Clinic at Southern Miss call 601.266.5232 or online visit

Misfits Motorcycle Club National President Sid Crews, right, presents a check for $2,500 to Lynn Boardman, speech/language pathologist with the Speech and Hearing Clinic at The University of Southern Mississippi. Looking on is Dr. Steven Cloud, chair of the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at Southern Miss. (Submitted photo)

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