A 3-Year-Old’s Take On The National Anthem Is Cute, But Wait Until You Hear About His Next Act

"I was immediately just so unbelievably proud."

You may have heard your favorite performers sing the "Star-Spangled Banner" at a ball game, but a 3-year-old named Drake is giving them all a run for their money. 

At the start of a recent Auburn Doubledays minor league baseball game, Drake took to the microphone in front of a stadium of people, CBS News reports. The opportunity arose after a last-minute request from the team. 


Drake's mother, Chelsea Grillo, stood alongside Drake as he sang. "I was concentrating on staying calm and helping him through some of the words he has trouble with, and waiting to correct the verses he usually mixes up," Grillo tells A Plus via email. "With all that was going on in my mind, as soon as he started singing, I was immediately, just so unbelievably proud." 

After the performance, Grillo remembers Drake saying that he "liked singing at the game" and that "it was nice of everyone to give [him] high fives." 

According to the Democrat & Chronicle, Drake is now set to perform again at a fundraiser for hip dysplasia at Falcon Park on July 29. Hip dysplasia is usually caused by loose hips around the time of birth. Typically, two to three children out of 1,000 will need treatment for their hip dysplasia.

"If treatment is delayed beyond 2 years of age, hip deformity can lead to painful hips, waddling walking and a decrease in strength," the International Hip Dysplasia Institute explains. "If untreated altogether, osteoarthritis (a painful hip disorder) and other hip deformities can develop in young adulthood."

And Drake's sister has hip dysplasia. "Drake is very protective of his baby sister around strangers; she's usually the first person he wants to see when he wakes up in the morning — to give her a hug and kiss," Grillo says of their relationship. 

Grillo adds that her daughter was in and out of hip abduction braces and spica casts for the first 16 months of her life to help treat it. 

"There is a huge need for items that these kids — babies, toddlers, young children — can use," Grillo explains. Their legs need to be placed at certain angles, and do not fit in typical high chairs, strollers, car seats, and more. 

"We were extremely limited in what we could use for my daughter," she adds.

The fundraiser aims to purchase four or five Smirthwaite Personal Hip Spica Chairs to be loaned out to hip dysplasia patients while in spica casts at the Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York, where Grillo's daughter was cared for. 

"It is costly and often not financially practical considering the uncertain amount of time that these kids are in spica casts. Any remaining funds will be used to purchase more loaner specialty car seats and/or will be banked for future purchase of these specialty items. Our ultimate goal is to make life easier for hip kids and their families and to help promote healthy child development during this treatment time," Grillo says.

We can't wait to see Drake's upcoming performance and if you would like to donate to the Golisano Children's Hospital, click here


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