19-year-old with Down syndrome sings National Anthem at White Sox game
CHICAGO - A 19-year-old woman inspired everyone Wednesday night at Guaranteed Rate Field when she took the microphone for the National Anthem.
Not only were baseball fans be wowed by the White Sox, but they were also given a special treat at the game!
Gigi Gianni is the namesake behind "Gigi's Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Centers" that started in Hoffman Estates, but now has locations across the nation.
Wednesday night was Disability Awareness Night at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Gianni said that singing the National Anthem is no easy task with Down syndrome.
She said she struggles with low muscle tone, heart issues and speech impediments, but her mom said she learned the words more than a decade ago and has been practicing ever since.
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"I'm just gonna thank God, because he's given her this incredible platform to be able to show the world that people can do anything that they put their minds to and their dreams to and that, you know, a diagnosis isn't going to stop her from making her dreams come true," said Gigi's mom, Nancy Gianni.
When Gigi was asked if she was a White Sox fan, she said her dad is, and she is a "Chicago Fan."
For more information on her organization, go to gigisplayhouse.org.