Marlana VanHoose sings National Anthem at Marshall game

VanHoose, who graduated from Johnson Central High School, has performed at events all over the country.
Published: Jan. 13, 2023 at 12:01 AM EST
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - The crowd at Marshall’s nationally televised basketball game Thursday night against Southern Miss was treated to a special moment before tip-off.

Marlana VanHoose, a Johnson County, Kentucky native, was born with a disease called Cytomegalovirus, and shortly after her birth, her parents learned she was blind.

She’s now a three-time Heritage Award recipient and has performed at the NBA Finals, the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament, and three NASCAR Spring Cup Series races, just to name a few of her many career highlights.

The 27-year-old was also the subject of ESPN’s E:60 documentary “Loud and Proud.”

The crowd in the Henderson Center roared as VanHoose finished the anthem on a night when they had plenty to cheer about.

The Herd blew out the Golden Eagles 89-67.