It didn't take long before Midnight Madness at Davenport University became Midnight Matrimony.
The Division II Panthers were celebrating the start of their basketball season just outside of Grand Rapids, Mich., when the team's mascot, Pounce, staged a dance-off with several players. The contest ended in a tie, and Pounce proceeded to engage in a tiebreaker dance-off with Linaya Hass, the coach of the school's dance team. What Hass didn't know was that underneath the Pounce costume was her boyfriend of one year, assistant basketball coach Craig Heatherly.
Heatherly, still dressed as Pounce, feigned an injury during his competition with Hass. When she came over to care for him, he took off the mascot head and revealed himself. At this point, everyone in the arena goes nuts.
After a heart-warming and extremely nerve-wracking speech by Heatherly, he pulled out a ring and formally proposed.
Heatherly discussed the proposal with Peter J. Wallner of mlive.com.
"It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a long time," Heatherly told Wallner. "And the idea just hit me one day while driving."
For her part, Hass had no idea what was coming. It sounds like her fiance's slick moves might have actually thrown her off.
"It was dark except for the spotlight, so I didn't even think in a million years it would be him out there," Hass said. "I had friends going, 'Didn't you know it was him dancing?' I had no idea, but looking at it later, I was like, 'Yeah, he's a pretty good dancer.'"
(H/T to Daily Mail)
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