Cubs fan Stefan Xidas, who has Down syndrome, sang the National Anthem before Monday's game at Wrigley Field in Chicago after reaching a fundraising goal for Special Olympics.
The 30-year-old Wilmette man hatched his plan to work his way onto the field with help from childhood friends Tommy Molitor and John Rosinski, who helped him create a GoFundMe page to collect money for Special Olympics, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
"I'd like to make a deal with Tom Ricketts, the owner of the Chicago Cubs. If I'm able to raise $5,000 for the Special Olympics Organization, Tom Ricketts will let me sing the National Anthem at a Cubs game," Xidas wrote on the GoFundMe page.
Xidas met his goal in less than three days, and the page raised almost $20,000 by midday Wednesday. Cubs charity also pledged $18,000, the Sun-Times said.
"It's the best moment I could ever imagine," Xidas said before taking the field Monday in front of a crowd of about 38,000, according to the Sun-Times.
About 100 friends and family members watched Xidas from the upper deck, The Chicago Tribune reported.
Xidas' father, Stan Xidas, told the Tribune that his son has wanted to sing the national anthem at Wrigley Field since 2005, when he sang before a White Sox game at U.S. Cellular Field.
"This is my shining moment right here," Stefan Xidas said. "It's been the best time I've ever had in my whole life."
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