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People Audition to Sing National Anthem for Rafters Season


The National Anthem is as essential to baseball games as hotdogs and players. That's why the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters summer collegiate team added anthem auditions to the list of things they need to do to prepare for next week's season start.

Several people showed up to sing their hearts out hoping to be added to the anthem line up for the 36 home games.

"It's an honor when you get chosen to perform it. It is an honor," said auditioner Suzanne Gibbons.

This song is no simple undertaking, however.

"It's not an easy song to sing. It wasn't created to be an easy song to sing," said auditioner Susan Edgren.

Some of the people auditioning are doing it for the first time.

"It's always been something I wanted to do, so I thought maybe my kids like to go to Rafters games, I like to go to them, I thought maybe it would be fun for them to see their mom do that and it's selfishly fun for me," said Karly Tellekson.

While many others are veterans to the mound.

"At first it was really scary just knowing how many people were at the game and watching, but once I started singing, just thinking about the National Anthem and the words that I was singing, I was really proud to be able to sing it," said Caitlin Shuda.

Everyone at the park said the song brings us all together as a nation.

"I have a brother who's in the Marine Corp," said Gibbons. "It fills my love of performing, but it also honors the people that have served. It honors the people who are serving, their families, the whole history of our country."

Auditioners should find out on Wednesday if they made the cut. The first Rafter's game is right after Memorial Day on Tuesday at 7:05 against the Kenosha Kingfish.


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