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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Sophia Saylor is Going to Sing! Muskegon Lumberjacks Will Have A Special Anthem Singer March 9th

March 9th the Muskegon Lumberjacks take on the Bloomington Thunder in a rare Thursday evening game at the LC Walker Arena.

Sure, there are plenty of incentives to check out a mid week tilt.  If you bring 10 or more people, you can get tickets for $5 a piece, that's a nice perk.  You can also root on the home team as the playoff's loom closer and closer but the big event is going to be the National Anthem.



Sophia Saylor
Back at the beginning of the season, some online suggestions got the Jacks involved and they offered a chance to Sophia Saylor to sing the National Anthem at a game id enough "likes" came from the Muskegon community to their Facebook page over the idea.  Is it a simple way to get a little attention, yes...but it sure worked and young Sophia will get her chance to shine before the 7:15 puck drop.  Sophia is a 4th grader at Campbell Elementary.  She's like any other kid.  Enjoys reading, writing and riding her bike...with NO training wheels.  Spends plenty of time practicing being "spunky sassy and determined" according to her mom Kasey Rae Sillman, and is plenty excited to be able to get out in front of the Jacks to give the anthem it's due respect.

Why the online hub bub?  Well, it's a big enough deal to have any 4th grader be able to sing in front of an arena, I had two lines in a school play in the 4th grade and was scared to death.  Sophia was diagnosed with Septic Optic Dysplasia  when she was 3 months old and her mom told that there was a very good chance she wouldn't be able to see.  So far, she's beaten all the odds and exceeded all expectations when it comes to just about everything.  Last Fall, an online video of Sophia popped up giving the Anthem a whirl.  She nailed it and the community wanted more!  So set in to motion the "like"  campaign to get her on the ice to sing for Muskegon.

I was able to catch up with Sophia before her big performance this Thursday night.  I met with Sophia, her mom and Jenny Cross who helps Sophia along in class.  Take a listen to our chat below!




Inspired?  You outta be.  There's not a person on earth who doesn't face challenges day in and day out.  We all have unique skills, abilities and drawbacks, it's what we do with them that sets us a part.  Sophia is what I would call a hero by every definition of the word.  Where she could just throw in the towel she digs a little harder and get out to take a chance!  It's my sincere hope that she continues on with her singing and more over, it's my sincere hope that Muskegon rallies around her and gives her the support she's earned!  Come see Sophia at the Jacks game or, keep a keen eye on the entertainment world!  Sophia Saylor is on her way!

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