Surprise returns from Army deployment never get old, and this one’s no different.
Along with Garner (N.C.) Magnet senior basketball captain Nick Kuhns, older brother Max Kuhns had been planning to surprise his parents Friday after a nine-month deployment in Qatar, according to WRAL-TV. Little did his younger brother know, the United States Army Specialist was planning a surprise for him all along.
You see, Thursday marked Nick’s senior night at Garner, where he led the Trojans to North Carolina’s Class 4A state title as a junior in 2015. Max didn’t want to miss it. So, as Nick strode to mid-court to meet his parents before his final regular-season home game, Max entered from the opposite end of the gym, and the two embraced.
Because, you know, brothers gotta hug, especially when they haven’t seen each other since Christmas 2014.
“I’ve been thinking about this the entire year. I only get two and a half leave days a month from the military, and I’ve been thinking about what I was going to spend it on,” Max told WRAL-TV. “This is his moment. I wanted him to remember this is his senior night — his last home high school game — I wanted him to bask in his moment, to enjoy it, because he’s earned it. “
Following a rousing ovation from the crowd, Nick treated Max and the rest of the Garnet fans to 12 points in a 71-35 shellacking of rival Rolesville (N.C.) to cap an unbeaten campaign in the Greater Neuse River 4A Conference.
“I was pretty shocked,” Nick told WRAL-TV. “It’s so good to have him back home. I’ve missed him.”
Even better, Max will get to see Nick embark on the state title defense. The elder Kuhns will spend two weeks at home, which means he’ll be around for a playoff game or two, before returning to Fort Bliss, Texas, per WRAL-TV.