A San Antonio, Texas, high school volleyball player stepped in to sing the national anthem after the school’s audio system failed to play a recording of the song (video below).
"We were about to stand for the national anthem as we noticed that the CD wasn't working," senior Marina Garcia told KSAT. "I didn't feel nervous. I felt like excited because I get to sing.”
The crowd in attendance at the volleyball game and Garcia’s teammates cheered when she finished singing the Star Spangled Banner.
"I honestly couldn't ask for more,” Garcia said. “They all had smiles on their faces. Some of them teared up. Some of them had told me that they had the chills and just that feeling that I can give to people that emotion, that was so exciting.”
Garcia’s performance may have gone unnoticed if coach Brian Sandera had not shared a video of it to Twitter; it soon went viral.
“Well the Anthem wouldn’t work, so we sent our volleyball/choir kid out there on a whim," Sandera tweeted on Oct. 7 with a video of Garcia's performance. "Wow!!! Marina Garcia."
And now, Garcia will perform live in New York City on "Fox & Friends" the morning of Oct. 16, according to an Oct. 15 tweet from the high school's Lady Huskies volleyball team.
“Marina is having a blast in NYC!" Lady Huskies tweeted with a picture of Garcia in Times Square. "She said she is excited and ready for her performance tomorrow!!!”
Garcia’s willingness to step in and sing the national anthem comes at a time when many professional and amateur athletes are protesting the national anthem, but that is not something Garcia considered doing.
"I have family members that were in the military that fought for freedom and just to see other people that don't understand that is kind of offending to me but I understand it’s their opinion," she told KSAT.