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Autistic Girl, 7, wows crowd by singing U.S. national anthem

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By Chris V. Thangham     May 28, 2009 in Entertainment
Gina Marie Incandela didn’t speak until she was 3-years-old, and by the age of 7 she's become a talented singer. She gave a brilliant rendition of the national anthem during the playoffs between the Orlando Magic and Boston Celtics.
The Orlando Magic are having a strong season and is just one win away from the NBA Finals. It doesn’t need any more support but Gina Marie Incandela, 7, is inspiring the Magic with a beautiful voice.
As a toddler, Gina was diagnosed with autism. She had a speech disorder and was unable to speak until she was 3-years-old. Now, however, she has become an amazing singer.
Gina sang the "Star Spangled Anthem" at various sports arenas and concerts across the United States.
Incandela’s parents sent her to a school for people with special needs and the teachers trained her to speak using music therapy. She heard country singer Leanne Rimes sing “The Star Spangled Banner” and since then she loves to sing the anthem.
Another interesting statistic: Whenever she sings for the Orlando Magic, the team wins and has a winning record in the post season (4-0).
In the video above, Gina sings before Game 4 between the Magic and the Boston Celtics. Orlando won the game 116-114 in overtime.
Gina told Shannon Owens of the Orlando Sentinel:
"It just makes peoples' heart feel good and they like it when I sing...And it makes the Magic win every single time."
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