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College Basketball Player’s Senior Night Made Special With Military Surprise

Middle Tennessee State forward Reggie Upshaw was expecting an emotional night. As a senior, it was his final home game. He would step out onto the court one last time with his mom and dad flanked on each side to be applauded for his four years of hard word.

What he got was so much more, however. His brother, Gage, who attends the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs surprised him on Saturday night.

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“My teammates already knew, so I guess I was the only one left in the dark about that and I don’t really like surprises. But to see him fly in from being at school – I haven’t seen him since Christmas – it was a special moment. I’m glad he could make it.” (GoBlueRaiders.com)


It was a great night for Upshaw. His team won, and he finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds, but the best part obviously came before tip-off.

Kim Constantinesco

Kim Constantinesco

As the founder and editor-in-chief of Purpose2Play.com, Kim Constantinesco dives under the surface hype to illuminate heroes in the sports world. Whether talking with the first man with cerebral palsy to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro, or the first woman to mountain bike across Afghanistan, Kim has a keen interest in shining the spotlight on ordinary people doing extraordinary things. She believes it's time media starts placing a higher value on the people and communities who are actively doing something to make the world a little better. Previously, she covered the Denver Broncos and the NFL for seven seasons. Her work has been featured on NFL.com, CBS Sports, Fox Sports, The New York Times, and USA Today. She resides in Denver, CO. When not working, she can be found deep in the Rocky Mountains throwing backflips on her snowboard. Follow Kim on Twitter: @KimCon14
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