As part of the annual March Madness tradition, all four NCAA men's basketball teams that were competing during the last round of play were on the court before the games began on Saturday Afternoon. The tournament's final games will be played on Saturday and Sunday at the Caesars Superdome in New Orleans; the teams are from University of North Carolina, Villanova, Duke University, and the University of Kansas.
It's a custom for students from the schools to sing the national anthem in a display of respect for sportsmanship prior to the event. The coolest part about this is that all the singers are also athletes:
There was a Villanova swimmer.
UNC has an athlete from their team photographed here with the school's Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham.
Duke was home to one of its female soccer players.
And Kansas included a golfer as part of the quartet.
However, on Saturday, as the students performed “The Star-Spangled Banner,” something very special took place, as they broadcasted on the large screens in the arena. It made the crowd shout.
It was a moment of great emotion, full of patriotic pride. Also, there was a positive sign – nobody was kneeling.