Super Bowl

Sandy Hook Choir Kicks Off Super Bowl Festivities with America the Beautiful

NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 03:  Singer Jennifer Hudson performs 'America The Beautiful' with the Sandy Hook Elementary School Chorus prior to the start of Super Bowl XLVII between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Tim KeeneyContributor IFebruary 3, 2013

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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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. 

In fact, Jeff Legwold of The Denver Post noted that it might just be one of the best moments ever:

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:

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. 

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