Yesterday, the PS22 Chorus of 2010 sang the national anthem at The New York Rangers game in Madison Square Garden! The kids brought the crowd to an incredible roar of thunderous applause, as can be seen in the video below!
What an afternoon!! The usher outside our suite where we watched the game said in his 20 years working at MSG, he would place our rendition of the anthem in the Top 5 versions that he's heard! And Greg, our contact from the Rangers camp, e-mailed and said, "Believe me – I work every home game and tonight was the loudest applause I have ever heard at the Garden for an anthem. I truly hope we can make this an annual tradition. To top it off, you guys brought us luck during a team slump, as the Rangers got a big win!" AWESOME!!
After their incredible performance of the anthem, all the kids were ushered to 3 VIP suites, where they got to watch the game! While there, they were visited by former Rangers, Gilles Villemure & Pete Stemkowski, who signed autographs and spoke with the kids! Not only that, we ran into America's Next Top Model contestant, April Wilkner, who now works for MSG as a TV correspondent. She was as cool as can be, and a great sport, letting Ethan get in some more celebrity sniffing!
During a TV break during the second period of the game, they showed the video filmed by our new friend Faith that we filmed at school the other day of "Empire State Of Mind," which was spliced with highlights from the season! It was so great hearing the kids and seeing them on the jumbo-tron!
The kids all got hot dogs, chips, soda, balloons, and programs courtesy of the Rangers! Thanks to the team, Greg, & Faith, for all their incredible hospitality and for a day the PS22 Chorus will not soon forget!
And thanks to Ms. Lisa, Mrs. Johnson, Ms. Laurie, & Ms. Massimo, for capturing the day for us with all the great pics and video footage!!