For the fifth consecutive year, a member of the Maverick family will perform the national anthem at the College World Series.
Collin Wyler from the UNO College of Business Administration is scheduled to sing before Game 9 on Wednesday, June 20.
“The audition process gets more competitive year after year,” says Wyler, a native of Papillion, Nebraska.
The pool is narrowed from hundreds of video submissions to a small group of finalists invited to the live auditions at TD Ameritrade Park.
“Singing is one of my passions,” Wyler says. “It has given me many exciting opportunities, and singing the national anthem gives me a chance to show my patriotism toward our country and flag in a unique way.”
When he’s not singing in front of thousands, Wyler is working in sales at an Omaha startup, Flywheel, and building a new mobile app called GoNow. Although he's not currently enrolled, he plans to finish his business degree at UNO in the next couple years, he says.
Wyler calls the CWS “the most wonderful time of the year” in Omaha. This year, Wyler is rooting for the University of North Carolina.
“I'm usually cheering on UVA, but since they're not here, I have to pick a different team,” he says. “I had the pleasure of meeting Matt Harvey yesterday, who once played for UNC and was a recent MLB All-Star with the New York Mets. So I'm rooting for UNC. Go Heels!”
And as for the other 50 weeks of the year, Wyler says he has many more reasons to love Omaha: “affordable cost of living, unique events held in our community, genuine connections, and those 'Nebraska Nice' smiles you receive on a daily basis.”