No matter the time of year, “The Star-Spangled Banner” is the most common tradition in American sports. It has had some controversy over the years, but it hasn’t stopped any team across the country from playing the national anthem before each game.
That was certainly the case once again inside the famous Carrier Dome before the nationally-ranked Syracuse Orange women’s basketball team hosted the Niagara Purple Eagles. The game just had a much different feel to it.
Not only was the game at 11 a.m. in Syracuse, New York, but it was the third-highest attended game in program history with 6,093 fans. That’s because it was School Day at the Dome, and thousands of Central New York-area students were on hand.
The biggest star of the game, however, was 3-year-old Drake Winslow, who confidently grabbed the microphone in front of the large crowd and sang the national anthem.
Naturally, Drake received a huge ovation, some love from his mother, and fist bumps from the Syracuse women’s basketball team for being the youngest anthem singer in Carrier Dome history.
How cool is that?
The fans also saw a big-time show from the Syracuse, too. Miranda Drummond led five Orange players in double figures with 19 points to defeat Niagara 94-45. Emily Engstler scored 16, Digna Strautmane added 12, and Amaya Finklea-Guity and Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi chipped in 11 and 10 points, respectively.
However, nothing tops Drake Winslow signing the national anthem for Syracuse Athletics. For a three-year-old to know the entire national anthem is impressive, but to get out there and sing it at a women’s basketball game is truly special and easily one of the cutest things you’ll see all season.
Drake deserves an extra round of applause, for sure.