Stefan Xidas fulfilled a longtime dream of singing the National Anthem at a Chicago Cubs game.
CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs' return from a long road trip brought with it a special moment at Wrigley Field on Monday night. With the Cubs taking on the Milwaukee Brewers at home, 30-year-old Cubs fan Stefan Xidas sang the National Anthem before the start of the ballgame.
Xidas has Down syndrome and is an ardent supporter of the Special Olympics. Recently, Xidas took the initiative of fundraising for Special Olympics Illinois using the crowdfunding site GoFundMe. In order to raise awareness for his campaign, Xidas wrote a letter to Cubs owner Tom Ricketts and produced a corresponding YouTube video to go along with it.
In his letter, Xidas campaigned for Ricketts to grant him the opportunity to fulfill his longtime goal of singing the Star-Spangled Banner at a Cubs game if $5,000 were raised for the Special Olympics. Of course, Ricketts was happy to oblige, and Xidas was quick to exceed the $5,000 mark. In less than three weeks, Xidas has already raised over $18,000.
As a reward for his altruism, Xidas was given the green light to take center stage and sing the National Anthem at Monday's game. Receiving a rousing ovation from the Wrigley faithful for his splendid rendition, Xidas inspired countless onlookers through his heartwarming performance.