Michigan high refuses to play the national anthem before the game so the team decided to do something about it.
“Like most schools in the state of Michigan, we choose to play the national anthem prior to the highest level of competition,” Carman-Ainsworth Schools Superintendent Eddie Kindle said, noting that the anthem was to be played before a junior high game later that night.
He said that the lack of an anthem was not in any way a form of protest.
When they learned it wouldn’t be, they started to sing.
“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.”
The school said it was proud of its freshmen.
“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.