It started as an online plea on YouTube, with Coral Gables (Fla.) Archbishop Carroll High senior Nicole Muxo recording an elaborate video asking Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade to take her to the prom.
Apparently, Wade had dragged out his response because he wanted to see how the Heat’s playoffs were progressing before committing to spend an evening not competing in the middle of a game. After Miami knocked off Chicago with the Knicks and Pacers still locked in a tense series, Wade decided he could spare part of an evening to surprise a well-deserving teen.
As reported by the Miami Herald and CBS Miami, Wade made his appearance with plenty of fitting flair, as well. The former NBA Finals MVP called Muxo to send her happy wishes for her prom -- which she had agreed to attend with fellow Archbishop Carroll student Laurent Chaumin in Wade’s stead -- but then walked through the door 10 minutes later to surprise her.
You can see video of Wade’s surprise appearance above. Fittingly, Muxo was starstruck, as was the rest of the Archbishop Carroll contingent. In fact, Chaumin appeared just as thrilled as Muxo, telling the Herald “At least we both know how to dress,” and posing for plenty of pictures with his date and Wade.
That left the superstar happily tweeting that he was a “third wheel” and “both of their dates,” though he was apparently glad just to make a difference for a group of Miami teens, particularly the one who mustered up the courage to ask him to show up. He made that much clear on his Twitter feed shortly after leaving the event.
“I had a blast at Prom. Never be scared 2 ask.”