Oh, say can you see: 5-year-old’s anthem version goes viral

Louisville head coach Jeff Walz instructs his team in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Boston College, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Louisville coach Jeff Walz first heard his daughter sing the national anthem while she was in the playroom at their house earlier this week.

He was amazed.

So was his team after it heard a recorded rendition of 5-year-old Lucy singing the “The Star-Spangled Banner” Thursday night before the Senior Night game against Georgia Tech. The video has since gone viral, appearing on a Saturday morning news show.

“I was really proud of her. It’s really something else,” the coach said Saturday by phone. “She’s been coming to all of our basketball games for so many years that it just has stuck with her.”

A few days earlier, Lucy and sister Lola had invited their parents to the playroom, affectionally named the KFC Yum Center after the Cardinals' arena. They were staging their own Senior night game for Cardinals star Dana Evans.

“They made their tickets, and we went up and they had their scanner from their kitchen set and they had the chairs set up. And before the game, Luce got up with her little microphone and I was shocked. She knew every, single word.”

Walz said his daughter had talked about singing it for Evans.

“I thought it would be great if she would do it. I had to trick her,” Walz said. “She had no idea that’s why I filmed it.”