Feel-Good Friday: When Anthem Fails to Play at High School Volleyball Game, Players Belt it Out

Posted: Sep 30, 2016 6:01 PM

Amid a national climate in which certain multi-millionaire professional athletes refuse to stand for the Star Spangled Banner (a disrespectful act partially defended by our president), and others choose to sit out team trips to West Point, here's a patriotic pick-me-up on a Friday evening. Via Rusty Weiss, after the national anthem malfunctioned before a high school volleyball match in New York State, the team joined hands and sang the song themselves:

George Genthner, a captain for the local fire department, confirmed there was “a technical problem with the PA.” The students ad-libbed in the most patriotic way possible! Marc Fruscio posted the video on Facebook and explained that the anthem “wouldn’t play at the Burgh Volleyball game” before the students took over. Fruscio, who is listed as the boys basketball coach at Lansingburgh, said he was “very proud of the students in attendance.” “The kids just took over,” MaryLynn Kaufmann Rafferty recalled. “It was awesome.” The ‘Burgh Athletic Department, justifiably proud of their athletes as well, took to social media and boasted, “So proud of the students at Lansingburgh High School today for singing the National Anthem at the volleyball game.”

As Weiss says, "Colin Kaepernick, eat your heart out."