Hear the Cheers Raises Over $13,000

Sarah Spain of espnW and ESPN Radio and her mentee, 7th grader Eliza Peters of Geneva, IL, are proud to announce that the 2014 edition of Eliza’s Hear the Cheers Fund in partnership with Chicago Hearing Society (CHS) raised over $13,000.

Eliza Peters & Sarah Spain

Thank you to everyone who helped support our cause because every child deserves the opportunity to “Hear the Cheers!”

All of the money donated to the campaign is going to young athletes who can’t afford hearing aids. Each dollar donated will go directly to purchasing hearing aids and related audiology services.

Eliza’s Hear the Cheers Fund benefits children all across the Chicagoland area, with a focus on the dollars raised to serve children in Kane County—Eliza’s backyard!

Each person who donated at least $15 was registered to win one of several raffle prizes. Those who donated more than $15 had their names re-entered for each additional $15 given. $60 donation = 4 chances to win! Prizes included a Magic Johnson signed basketball, 2 tickets to a 14-15 Blackhawks home game, a Devin Hester signed Bears helmet, 4 tickets to a Cubs game, a tour of ESPN studios Chicago and much more. See the full list here.


Hear the Cheers Co-Captains:

Eliza Peters and Sarah Spain

Eliza knows firsthand how important this cause is—she can hear every whistle and cheer out on the basketball court because of her hearing aids. Here’s a bit of her story:

Hi, my name is Eliza Peters, Sarah Spain and I are friends. I am considered “legally deaf” in my left ear. My right ear isn’t as bad but I still need hearing aids in both. I was diagnosed with this hearing loss when I was five. After two unsuccessful restoration surgeries I was fitted for hearing aids. Do you know how frustrating it is to not hear everything that goes on in your day? I feel so blessed that my parents gave me hearing aids, but a lot of kids don’t have the opportunity to have them. As kids we can miss so much around our everyday life and if we can’t hear it takes extra work to try to understand people. I am so glad that I have an amazing community and environment where I am surrounded by friends, family, teachers, and coaches who understand my situation.