If you’re a Philadelphia sports fan, you know this week’s Babe: Lauren Hart. She’s best known for singing National Anthem at Flyers home games since 1997, following in the footsteps of her father, Gene Hart, “The Voice of the Flyers” for nearly 30 years. It was just after his death that she dedicated her time to continuing his tradition.
The Anthemist: an interesting and often overlooked part of the sports world. It is so uncommon to have one dedicated person to sing “The Star Spangled Banner” these days. Hart’s rendition of the anthem is beloved by hockey fans and her incredible voice can be heard in the movie, “Miracle”.
Apart from being a symbol of unity and patriotism, Hart is also a cancer survivor, a Humanitarian, filmmaker and mother of three adopted Ethiopian children. Even through her harrowing battle through Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, she still showed up night after night to sing for thousands fans, despite going through intense chemo treatments.
Earlier this month, Hart wrote this personal essay speaking to the controversy surrounding pro-athletes taking a knee during the National Anthem. It’s a great read.
For your fight, your dedication to your work, your humanitarian efforts, and more, we are proud to call you our Babe of the Week. Keep singing, Lauren!