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4:13 PM, May 15, 2013   |    comments
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One day when Vols catcher Ethan Bennett reflects on his career, he may remember his fondest moment happening before a game even started at Tennessee.

Earlier this year, Farragut junior Emma Bennett sang the Star-Spangled Banner before a basketball game. The home fans went crazy.

"I was nervous," said her mom Wendy Bennett.

Why the nerves? Emma has Down Syndrome.

"She finished and I saw her face light up," Wendy continued. " I burst into tears. It was an emotional moment for me."

Emma's national anthem rendition was great the first time. She found a way to top it by singing at big brother Ethan's game at Lindsey Nelson Stadium shortly thereafter.

"It was a dream come true," said Emma. "Everyone was so happy for me."

"Just having her out there to sing was great," said Ethan. "Especially standing beside her and hearing her confidence, it was just awesome."


"Ethan's the greatest brother in the world to me. He's so caring and kind," said Emma

"Emma's always been special to me. Growing up with her she's kinda molded the person I've become," said Ethan.

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