The most-watched sporting event of the year had a Matador flair to it, as California State University, Northridge alumna Treshelle Edmond was tapped to sign the national anthem and “America the Beautiful” before the start of Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Ariz., on Feb. 1. Signing along with pop stars Idina Menzel and John Legend, Edmond appeared on the oversized video board at University of Phoenix Stadium, as well as being shown on split screen on the TV broadcast seen by more than 120 million people nationally and 1 billion people worldwide.
Edmond, who is deaf, studied child and adolescent development at CSUN. She is an accomplished actress who has appeared on TV shows House M.D. and Glee. She also has appeared in the Deaf West Theater production of Spring Awakening. Edmond regularly does community service with organizations such as the Foundation for Junior Blind and the Zuma Beach clean-up program. She has received awards from the City of Los Angeles for her dedication to the DEAFestival-Los Angeles and her contributions to the deaf and hard-of-hearing community.