via CT: Buzz Williams, Virginia Tech Men’s basketball coach, brought a group of war heroes and veterans to teach his basketball team a lesson about respecting the national anthem when he noticed that many of the players were not paying attention and giving reverence to the anthem at it was was played.
The coach then thought of this amazing lesson plan. Williams brought the team together in the gym and lined the players up facing the chairs that they would normally sit at during the games.
A group of veterans and war heroes then marched into the gymnasium and stood in a line across from the young men’s team. Coach Williams put himself between the two groups before addressing his team.
“We didn’t earn those chairs,” Williams said, pointing to the bench.
VIDEO: Buzz Williams teaches Virginia Tech importance of national anthem https://t.co/xhmRRJDxL8
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He addressed them in a reverent yet stern tone, saying, “These guys, when they were your age, interrupted their life, they paused their education, they changed their career, and they gave their life for those chairs.”
“So when the Anthem is played, we’re going to stand like grown men, and we’re going to honor men like this, that gave their life, so we can have a chair to sit in,” Coach Williams continued.
After he finished addressing his team, the veterans along with the team players stood side by side at half court for an emotionally moving rendition of the national anthem. Way to go coach!
Virginia Tech Athletics – PatriotismKudos to Coach Buzz Williams, VT Basketball Coach. Given the ignorance or disrespect evidenced by most of today’s athletes during our National Anthem, he decided to “have a talk with his players”. All coaches need to do something like this with their players!Coach Buzz Williams, VT Basketball Coach Don’t you wish all college coaches would do this? In a few years, there would a re-birth of patriotism on college campuses!
Posted by Changing the Game Project on Sunday, March 6, 2016
This is what it means to learn and teach respect. We commend Coach Buzz Williams and hope that this made a valuable difference in his teams respect for not only the national anthem, but also the men and women who gave their lives in service to this great country.