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Kent State basketball team, Washington Capitals show solidarity through National Anthem

Kent State players stood together with fans before their game on Wednesday in a display of unity during the playing of the national anthem.
Kent State players stood together with fans before their game on Wednesday in a display of unity during the playing of the national anthem.
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Kent State's basketball team did something special Wednesday and it had nothing to do with its game against Mississippi Valley State.

Before the national anthem was played, each member of the team went into the stands and brought a fan down to the court. The fans were of different races and ranged in age. They joined the team on the court as they all stood with arms around each other while the national anthem was played.

"We wanted to make a statement to let everybody know that we were aware of all the things going on in our country but that we wanted to make a stand for unity," said sophomore guard Jalen Avery. "That was basically our symbol that we wanted to show unity and, you know, that we treating everybody as one."

On the same night, the NHL's Washington Capitals and Pittsburg Penguins fans provided a display of solidarity by singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" together when the singer's microphone malfunctioned before their game. A touching, though off-tune, reminder that we're all part of one human family.

Watch the Kent State video on YouTube here.

Watch the Capitals video on YouTube here.

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