CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — When a South Florida high school senior asked Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade to her prom, she knew it was a long shot. Fortunately, that’s Wade’s specialty on and off the court.
Wade surprised Nicole Muxo on Friday night, walking into a ballroom with roses and wrapping her in a bear hug as her classmates stood and cheered.
"I’m going to remember it forever. This was definitely the highlight of my senior year," said the Archbishop Coleman Carroll High School senior.
Muxo posted a YouTube video (http://www.ittybittyurl.com/TOj) in April asking Wade to the prom, donning his jersey and spelling out her request on basketballs as Kanye West’s "The Glory" played in the background.
"My senior prom is coming up, and I have everything set for a perfect night except for one thing: a perfect date," Muxo says on the video.
She knew it was unlikely Wade would show with the Heat heading to the Eastern Conference finals, but she was persistent.
"She continued to go for it no matter how many times I told her I’m going to be busy she continued asking if I’m going to come," Wade told reporters outside the ballroom.
Muxo, who asked Wade to her Homecoming dance last year, even messaged the Heat star on Twitter with the ballroom’s address just in case.
"When I got that I said I won’t be doing nothing tomorrow night and I can go and make this a memorable moment for her," Wade said.
But Wade decided to play it cool first, calling her on the phone during the prom and telling her to have a fun night. When he hung up the phone, Wade walked in the door, dressed in a dark suit and sleek, red shoes with a bouquet of red roses.
"I was so surprised. I didn’t expect it at all," said Muxo, who wore a strapless, gold sequined dress.
Muxo’s date Laurent Chaumin was a good sport, referring to Wade as "Rico Suave."
Wade joked with Chaumin, complimented him on his outfit and thanked him join the couple as the third wheel.
The Heat star, who helped clinch and 94- 91 victory over the Chicago Bulls just two days earlier, also mingled with Muxo’s family, posed for lots of pictures and squeezed in a dance with his date before heading home.
"Now I’m going to go ice my knee," he said.