One of the newest members of the Chicago Bulls’ Luvabulls dance team got the surprise of her life on Thursday night when, during a third-quarter timeout, her squad changed the choreography in mid-routine and set her up for a marriage proposal she will never forget.
In front of a sellout crowd that was at Chicago’s United Center to see the Bulls take on the defending champion Miami Heat, Luvabull Ariana Rosado was caught off guard when the music suddenly transitioned to Bruno Mars’ “Marry You” and she was placed in a rolling chair at center court by team mascot Benny the Bull (see the 0:57 mark of the video below).
The other Luvabulls danced in a circle around Rosado, and then two Benny the Bull look-a-likes in inflatable costumes joined the dancers at center court. The taller of the two mascots was actually Rosado’s college sweetheart Shane Zackery.
Rosado was shocked when Zackery emerged from his costume, approached his girlfriend, got down on one knee and proposed with a diamond ring. There’s a good chance that Zachery was a tad nervous in front of the capacity crowd of 22,125 because he placed the ring on Rosado’s right hand (oops!).
Despite the goof, Rosado said “Yes,” the arena announcer confirmed that she accepted Zackery’s proposal, and the excited dance team joined the couple for a giant group hug at center court.
All the festivities were broadcast on the giant four-sided video board that hangs above the center of the arena. The icing on the cake was that the Bulls crushed the formidable Heat 107-87.
Rosado later posted to her Facebook page: “Thanks everyone. Believe me, this has now become the best moment of my life!!!”
Rosado and Zackery met at Chicago’s St. Xavier University and they both graduated in 2013. Rosado, who received summa cum laude honors, joined the Luvabulls this season and performs with the dance team at all the Bulls’ home games, charity fundraisers and special events. She was selected from more than 200 dancers who tried out for the Chicago Luvabulls team of 20.
See the video of the Luvabull marriage proposal below…