An NBA Dancer Thought Her Boyfriend Was Stationed In Kuwait. Then He Brought Her Flowers.

"I still cannot believe that this is real life & that my angel is HOME!!!"

At the basketball game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Detroit Pistons, it wasn't the end score that mattered — it was what happened during halftime that got everyone excited. Army Reserve Sgt. Elliott Burgos surprised girlfriend and rookie Sixers dancer Angela DeStasio by returning home from deployment to reunite at center court.


Burgos, 29, began planning the surprise back in September, the same month the couple celebrated their three-year anniversary. DeStasio, 23, didn't know that Burgos had returned home from 11 months in Kuwait and Jordan on Wednesday, November 29. The two continued communicating as if Burgos was still overseas — where he had an eight-hour time difference — and were set to reunite in Texas on Tuesday.

During the matchup on Saturday, December 2, a video began playing and all of a sudden Burgos showed up in it. Burgos sent a holiday message to friends, family, and the 76ers before the team's mascot, Franklin the Dog, yanked Burgos out of the shot. That's when the focus turned to capture DeStasio's emotional reaction as Burgos entered the Wells Fargo Center and the two embraced.

"I still cannot believe that this is real life & that my angel is HOME!!! This was the most amazing moment, & the best early Christmas present I could have ever asked for," DeStasio wrote on Instagram. "I waited 320 days for this, & it was better than I ever could have imagined it. Thank you to everyone involved for making this happen."

On Facebook, DeStasio said Burgos "never fails to put a smile on my face on a normal day" and that this surprise was "unimaginable." Burgos said keeping this a secret ever since arriving back Newark airport has been quite the task.

This lovely duo said they are both so lucky — especially to have experienced this moment in front of 20,000 people. Their plans now include spending quality time together for the holiday season.

For more information about how you can help our armed forces, check out the United Service Organization, whose mission is to strengthen America's military service members by keeping them connected to loved ones. Two — of the many — ways they do that is by Operation Phone Home and Holiday Care Packages.

(H/T: Fox20)


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