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    Curt DeGraff '02, one of Trinity's admissions counselors, took a few family and friends to the ballgame to watch him sing the national anthem at U.S. Cellular Field Sunday afternoon. He took the field before the first pitch of the baseball game between the Chicago White Sox and Oakland A's.

    "It was an incredible experience," he said about singing in front of a crowd that fell just shy of 30,000 people. "It was by far the biggest audience I've sung in front of, but I wasn't nervous when I stepped onto the field. I saw a lot of familiar faces and that encouraged me."

    DeGraff, a communication arts graduate, was a member of the College's concert choir as well as the praise and worship team that recorded a CD in 2002. The native of South Holland, Illinois, who is a White Sox fan, sent an audition CD to the team's marketing and promotions department. When he received a phone call inquiring about his availability, he requested a date when the A's were in town. Oakland pitcher Mark Mulder is a friend of DeGraff's, and their families attend the same church.

    "There were about 200 people from our church at the game," DeGraff said. "I thank God for this milestone in my life. I would love to sing there again, and if they give me the opportunity to return, that would be great."

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