College basketball coach Buzz Williams started noticing something disappointing about his basketball players during pre-game events.
Specifically, his Virginia Tech men’s basketball team wasn’t particularly engaged when it came time for the singing of the national anthem.
Williams noticed his players more focused on adjusting their uniforms and dancing around rather than paying attention to America’s song.
And he didn’t like it.
So the coach brought in some veterans and war heroes to help teach them the importance of the national anthem.
Via The Blaze:
So the coach brought the team together in the gym, and as the players lined up, facing the chairs where they would normally sit during a game, the veterans marched in, standing in a line, across from the young men.
Coach Williams positioned himself between the two groups and addressed his team.
“We didn’t earn those chairs,” said Williams pointing to the bench.
“These guys, when they were your age, interrupted their life, they paused their education, they changed their career, and they gave their life for those chairs,” Williams told the team.
“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 life, so we can have a chair to sit in,” Coach Williams told his players.
The team then proceeded to join the veterans for a playing of the national anthem:
A majority of the responses to the video were positive. One person said: “This should be shown at all high schools and colleges. The kids just aren’t aware of the sacrifices made. Nobody tells them. Nice job coach!”
Comment: Don’t you wish more coaches like this taught their kids how to respect the national anthem? Such basic courtesy for those who gave their lives and served their country before us. Share your thoughts below.