A group of Louisiana teens are getting national attention Monday after they paused during a basketball game to take a knee.
The group was playing a game of pickup basketball in Franklinton, Louisiana on Friday when they noticed a funeral procession passing by. But instead of continuing to play, each player took a knee to pay their respects to the departed. (RELATED: THESE ROOFERS STANDING FOR THE NATIONAL ANTHEM PROVE PATRIOTISM IS ALIVE AND WELL)
Two sisters, Lynn Bienvenu and Johannah Stroud, who were attending the funeral for their cousin captured the touching moment and posted it to Facebook.
“While attending a family funeral the procession passed a group of young boys shooting hoops,” Bienvenu wrote. “Take a look closely. They took a knee not out of disrespect but honor. They [sic] was not an adult insight to tell them to stop playing. This meant a great deal to our family. May God bless each one as I feel they will achieve greatness.”
The post has since received over 1,300 shares on Facebook.
Even though none of the players knew Bienvenu’s cousin personally, one of the boys reached out to her on Facebook to express his condolences. He also identified the players as Shimar Davis, Shimon Davis, Edward James, Brandon Burton, Quindon Burris, Stacy Ard, James Bickham, Avant Money, Malachi Martin and Kalarrian Dillon, according to local news station WAFB.
“This meant a great deal to our family,” Bienvenu told WAFB. ” May God bless each one as I feel they will achieve greatness.”
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