Beautiful. Thirteen-year-old Natalie Gilbert had won a competition to sing the American national anthem at an NBA game. There are 20,000 fans at the game. And it’s televised.
Her name is called. She approaches. Silence falls. She brings the mic up and starts singing.
She’s doing well. She’s singing good…
…and then she forgets the words.
20,000 people. Televised.
Embarrassment isn’t the word.
Who wouldn’t want to dig a hole and jump in, let alone a 13-year-old girl?
She laughs nervously as she tries to remember. The crowd cheer her on in support.
She still can’t remember.
Then, one of the NBA coaches (Mo Cheeks) walks up to her – “come on”, he says. He sings and she follows. He sings and she follows.
They sing together. The crowd joins in.
They all see it through.
So beautiful. It shows how an individual can encourage another, how a community can carry an individual, how it can take but moments to make a difference, to create something wonderful.
This happened five years ago, but it’s still getting views on YouTube. That says something.
To date, the clip’s had over a quarter of a million views.