When a Michigan high school football team learned that the national anthem would not be played before the game, the players decided to take matters into their own hands.
So, they sang the anthem themselves.
The Lapeer Lightning freshman team was playing a game against Carman-Ainsworth High School in Flint Township, Michigan when they were told there would be no anthem played before the game.
“It’s an incredible feeling. I’ve been with most of these players for three years now. They’re just an awesome group of kids,” Lapeer head coach Bryan Sahr said. “It makes me incredibly emotional and I don’t usually get emotional.”
Sahr said the team lined up to hear the anthem, unaware that a formal decision had been made not to play it. They assumed it was not played due to problems with the sound system, reports Western Journalism.
The players and fans on the host team’s sideline saluted while the players sang, and then cheered when their rendition was over.
“A lot of teenagers would be embarrassed to do that. I know I don’t like to hear myself sing,” Sahr said.
“We’re just super proud of our guys to overcome that situation and take it upon themselves to sing the national anthem. We couldn’t be prouder,” said Lapeer High School athletic director Shad Spilski.
Lapeer mom Chell Byrnes posted an image of the team on her Facebook page that was shared more than 3,400 times and attracted numerous comments.
“Amazing class demonstrated by Lapeer Lightning Freshmen football team!!! After we were told per the Carman Ainsworth announcer they won’t be playing the pregame national anthem our team stood proud, saluted the flag and sung it themselves, our crowd stood with them for every note! Very proud to be a Lightning Mom tonight!!” wrote Byrnes.
“I was proud of my great nephew & team for being respectful,” posted Lynn Dunn. “It was the first time ever seeing him play. Kudos to the parents and coaches for installing the pride we should have of our country and the people who serve/served this great nation. … Please share this so that all kids know that it is cool to do the right thing, hard but cool.”
Nicole Driskell Mckenna added,
“Maybe Colin Kapernick could learn a few things from our boys!”
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