Our National Anthem is more than a song before every game.
Buzz Williams, head coach of the Virginia Tech Men’s Basketball team, and his players took time out to recognize and honor military veterans.
This action was prompted when Williams noticed the team was not paying full attention and respect to servicemembers before one of their games. Watch the video below!
According to Today:
Before each game, Virginia Tech men’s basketball coach Buzz Williams wants to make sure his players know the national anthem is something to be respected.
Williams had his players stand across from the vets, with the chairs they sit on during games on the sidelines between them.
“These guys, when they were your age, interrupted their life, they paused their education, they changed their career, and they gave their lives for those chairs,” Williams says in the video. “So when the anthem is played, we’re going to stand like grown men and we’re going to honor men like this, that gave their lives, so we can have a chair to sit in.”
Williams’ point about respecting the anthem is one he makes before every season.
Two seasons ago, he made the players learn every word of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and also spoke to them about the sacrifices of military veterans.
His message was great, and I wish more people would take the time to set the example for a young student.
That Speech should go down in History as one of the Greatest Head Coach Speeches of All Time. I was not a Virginia Tech fan, but I am now. If they don’t win the Finals, they still won a powerful lesson in life.
Thank you, coach Williams for transferring very important values to your team!
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