Deaf National Anthem Performer for Pro Football Game to Receive Pre-Performance Grooming Services at Local Deaf-Owned Barbershop

18|8 Fine Men’s Salon in The Woodlands.

THE WOODLANDS, TX - Years after their time as college classmates, two prominent members of the Deaf community are reconnecting for a once-in-a-lifetime moment just ahead of this Sunday’s professional football grand finale in Houston.

Kriston Lee Pumphrey, the Deaf performer selected as the representative of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) to sign the National Anthem and “America the Beautiful” on the grand stage at this year’s professional football finale, will be visiting 18|8 Fine Men’s Salon in The Woodlands on Saturday, Feb. 4 to receive pre-performance grooming services and reconnect with his former college classmate, John-Michael Stern.Stern, who is also Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing, is the salon’s owner.

WHO: Kriston Lee Pumphrey, NAD's Sign Language Performer of the National Anthem at the football finale on Sunday; John-Michael Stern (Owner of 18|8 The Woodlands)

DATE: Saturday, February 4, 2017

TIME: 10:00 a.m.

WHERE: 18|8 Fine Men’s Salon – The Woodlands; 2025 Hughes Landing Boulevard, Suite 700, The Woodlands, TX 77380


Established in 1880, the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is the oldest national civil rights organization in the country. The NAD has been dedicated for the past 137 years to its mission of preserving, protecting, and promoting the civil, human, and linguistic rights of all deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States. The scope of the NAD is broad and ranges from advocating for improved language acquisition and education for deaf and hard of hearing children, promoting employment opportunities for deaf and hard of hearing adults, ensuring equal access to medical and legal services, and advancing accessibility in all technological innovations. For more information, contact, call 301.587.1788, and email


Claiming its name from the original formula for stainless steel, 18% chromium + 8% nickel added to steel, 18|8 Fine Men’s Salons offers its clients that same transformative effect – improving both look and performance. Since launching in 2002, 18|8 has established itself as the leading men’s salon catering to a discerning clientele with an upscale suite of hair care and grooming services. To learn more about 18|8’s services, For information on the 18|8 franchise opportunity, e-mail, call (949) 290-6431, and, or
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