Jessica Sanchez, Jesse McCartney Pass the Flame of Hope During Special Olympics Unified Relay Across America


Today, American Idol Star and Starkey Hearing Foundation Ambassador Jessica Sanchez received the Flame of Hope from Pop Musician and Actor Jesse McCartney during the Special Olympics Unified Relay Across America, a movement spreading the message of inclusion and respect for all.

Representing Starkey Hearing Foundation, Jessica Sanchez began her route on Sunset Blvd. in Silverlake, CA between Edgecliffe Drive and Maltman Avenue, continuing for a half mile to North Reno Street with her team, Captained by Johanna Schoeneck. Jessica was joined by Special Olympics Southern California Athlete and Global Messenger Dustin Plunkett, amongst others.

Jessica will perform at Starkey Hearing Foundation’s 15th Annual So The World May Hear Awards Gala on Sunday, July 26th, headlined by Katy Perry. The gala will also feature performances by Matt Nathanson, 2Cellos and will honor George W. Bush, Delta Zeta Sorority and No Limits.

Starkey Hearing Foundation is the official Healthy Hearing partner of the Special Olympics Summer Games. The Foundation will provide hearing screenings and free hearing aids to all Special Olympics athletes in need during the games.




Starkey Hearing Foundation uses hearing as a vehicle to reflect caring and change lives around the world. Disabling hearing loss affects more than 360 million people, including 32 million children, worldwide, yet many do not have access to the hearing devices that can help them. As a member of Clinton Global Initiative, Starkey Hearing Foundation has pledged to provide more than one million hearing aids to people in need this decade and currently gives more than 175,000 hearing aids annually. In addition to giving the gift of hearing through worldwide hearing missions, Starkey Hearing Foundation promotes hearing health awareness and education through the Listen Carefully campaign and provides hearing instruments to low-income Americans through the Hear Now program. Started as the philanthropic effort of Starkey Hearing Technologies, Starkey Hearing Foundation was founded by William F. Austin in 1984. For more information on Starkey Hearing Foundation follow them on Facebook and Twitter, or visit


  1. I loved Jessica Sanchez during her American Idol days. Now, I love her more for doing this for a great cause. Kudos to her and Starkey Hearing Foundation.

  2. Bless her good heart! Jessica Sanchez showed that the youth can make a difference by supporting a good cause. I am sure a lot will benefit from Starkey Hearing Foundation. May they continue to be blessed to reach out and help those in need.

  3. Special Olympics is a great cause and I am glad to see people are coming out to support it…whether celebrity or not.

  4. I love these relays, they work so hard to bring awareness to great causes. I would love to see one or even run one one day.

  5. It’s so nice to see how many people get involved in ensuring the success of the special Olympics. I hope these sorts of activities and events spread out throughout the world so we can all show our support!

  6. My family volunteers at our local Special Olympics. The Starkey Hearing Foundation is doing amazing work.

  7. Sounds like a wonderful cause indeed. It is great to here that celebrities are giving back to their community. Jessica and The Starkey Hearing foundation are doing a real great job.

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