In what will easily go down as one of the best moments of this mammoth sports day, the kids from Sandy Hook Elementary kicked off Super Bowl Sunday with a tear-jerking performance of "America the Beautiful."
The group of youngsters from Sandy Hook—the location of the late-2012 shooting massacre—appeared on the field dressed in all white with big, bright smiles on their faces.
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Statement from Sandy Hook chorus: "Our wish is to demonstrate to America and the world that, 'We are Sandy Hook and We Choose Love.'"2013-2-4 00:07:12
R&B star Jennifer Hudson joined them, and the choir put on a Super Bowl-opening performance that will undoubtedly be remembered forever.
It was met with cheers, goosebumps and tears all around.
It's difficult to imagine that there were many dry eyes at the Superdome, either, as the young, innocent kids singing about how beautiful their country is couldn't have served as a more perfect moment.
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Watching the Sandy Hook choir take their place just might be my all-time favorite Super Bowl moment.2013-2-3 23:16:49
You can't argue with that.
It's important to never forget the victims of the heinous crimes, but this wonderful, moving, absolutely perfect moment was another reminder that sports can sometimes help those affected work through the difficult times.
As ESPN's Twitter account stated, it was a performance that will transcend everything else on Sunday:
The Sandy Hook Elementary Choir already won Super Bowl MVP. What a moment.2013-2-3 23:25:35
There is simply no doubting that.
This was a perfect performance that came at the ideal time following an unthinkable tragedy. The young kids' performance was almost a surreal moment, and it's difficult to think of anything that could have been better.