If any group can propel the U.S. men’s national soccer team to victory, it’s this crew of warriors.
A crowd of young cancer patients came together last Saturday for a rally in honor of Clint Dempsey and the the rest of the men representing the U.S. at the 2014 World Cup. The gathering took place at Camp Sunshine—a lakeside camp in Casco, Maine for children living with life-threatening illnesses.
The patients gathered to belt out the USMNT’s now-famous “I Believe” chant, starting in increments before jumping into full revelry. In short, they crushed it.
A description of the events in the YouTube video caption states the kids have been cheering for the USMNT every day for the past week. They won’t be stopped by their illnesses—just like the USMNT won’t be denied by Belgium.
“Camp Sunshine, a Camp for Kids with Cancer, chanted this everyday last week during meal times [sic]. These children have had a long fought battle with cancer…they cheer for the USMNT for their battle against Belgium. Cancer didn’t stop them…They won’t stop you!!!”
Ashley Burns of UpRoxx writes that this may be the best “I Believe” chant we’ll see this World Cup.
“At the risk of editorializing, this is easily the best USA chant that we’ll see today,” Burns writes. “Unless, of course, a billionaire with a heart of gold flies all of these kids to Brazil to watch the game, at which point I would melt into a puddle of tears. Yes, that is a challenge, Bill Gates.”
It’s hard to disagree with that assessment. Kids chanting for your nation’s team are precious sight. Kids undergoing advanced cancer treatment and still having enough energy to get rowdy for the USMNT—well, that’s enough to bring you to your knees.
Jurgen Klinsmann and the U.S. men’s national team squares off against Belgium at 4 p.m. EST. You can bet your bread and butter these kids will be watching intently, and we can only hope we’ll get to see video of them celebrating when its all over.
On the Twitters.