The television ratings for the NBA finals are up this year and now viewers will have an even better reason to watch Game 6 of the hard-fought matchup between Cleveland and Golden State. That’s because the teen girl who will sing the national anthem before Game 6 is an inspiration for everyone.
In a day and age when pop stars need to look as perfect as they sound, Marlana VanHoose is someone whose “imperfection” make her the perfect choice. She’s the kind of disabled person who accomplishes so much more than anyone would expect but who could have easily become a victim of abortion had her parents valued perfection more than her life.
ESPN has more on this blind teen with cerebral palsy who is set to start the NBA finals game off on the right foot.
If her name sounds familiar, you’ve probably seen her perform ahead of Kentucky women’s basketball games or watched her previous performances with the Cavaliers. And in really, really good news for Cleveland fans, both teams are undefeated on nights she has sung.
Her inspiring story and incredible abilities were featured on an episode of ESPN’s E:60 in December, and it’s totally worth the next 6 minutes and 32 seconds of your time if you haven’t yet seen it.