7-Year-Old With Cerebral Palsy Sings National Anthem at Baseball Game: ‘I Wasn’t Nervous’

By Daniel Cameron, Epoch Times
April 15, 2019 Updated: April 18, 2019

It’s important for each of us to have our own feelings of success. Successes, big or small, can  motivate us, especially if they are hard won.

For 7-year-old Olivia Towles, of Lexington, Kentucky, she enjoyed the sweetness of success after opening the Lexington Legends’ South Atlantic League Playoff series in September 2018.

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Club officials had heard Oliver sing at school, and so invited her to sing the National Anthem before a baseball crowd.

One must appreciate how challenging a task this must be for the young girl, who suffers from cerebral palsy. Muscle movement, even walking, standing, or talking, is tricky, let alone singing before a crowd.

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But the great thing was she had a very supportive crowd who joined her to sing the Anthem, making for a very special moment for both mother and daughter.

Supported by her mother as she stands before the microphone, Olivia tries her very best to perfectly execute the Star Spangled Banner. Baseball fans can be seen in the background standing solemnly, with their right hands over their hearts.

Speaking of her performance afterwards, Oliver assures Inside Edition, “I wasn’t nervous.”

And no, she didn’t look nervous at all! She in fact looked to be enjoying herself thoroughly.

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Oliver’s mother, Courtney, believes her daughter is an inspiration for other special-needs children.
“Mainly I hope that other kids with disabilities, that it can teach them that they can be brave too,” said Courtney.

Most likely, it was as much of a success for her mother as it was for Oliver.

Moreover, Oliver’s performance should also serve to inspire other parents of special-needs children. They too can assist their children to achieve successes in life, and celebrate and be proud of those achievements.

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“I was very, very just in awe of it,” Courtney added of her daughter’s performance. “She’s so brave and just an inspiration. It was a very, very, very beautiful moment for us and for her.”

That was indeed a very brave performance Oliver put on, an act many adults may not even dare try!

Let’s hope Oliver keeps trying to develop that voice of hers and that she continues to overcome more hurdles in life to achieve even more successes.

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