Basketball Player Gets Surprise Visit

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A 21-year-old Notre Dame basketball player was surprised with the gift of a lifetime – his soldier brother.

After a Monday night victory, Matt Farrell thought that the celebration could not get any better.  

But then a video started to play on the big screen in the school’s arena. It was a video message from his brother, Army 1st Lieutenant, Bo Farrell, who had been deployed to Afghanistan since May.

After the message concluded, 1st Lt. Farrell walked onto the court from the team’s locker room, where he was met with his brother’s open arms.

Farrell, who said he saw his brother last prior to his deployment, coordinated the surprise with the United Service Organization. The organization is a nonprofit that helps reconnect service members with their families.

They had been working out the details of the surprise for nearly two months.

Farrell said that prior to that night only 15 people knew of his plans. Some of the group consisted of his grandmother and a few of his aunts.

1st Lt. Farrell said, “I had to keep it a secret because we have a very big family and some of them cant really keep secrets, unfortunately.”

See the emotional reunion below.


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