Military Mom’s Surprise Reunion at Son’s Basketball Game

Military Mom’s Surprise Reunion at Son’s Basketball Game January 21, 2014

This is so sweet!!!! Happy moments like this one make me really appreciate our men and women in uniform…  and their families:

Thirteen-year-old Derrick Jenkins got the surprise of his life at his middle school basketball game. Thinking he was performing a routine free throw shot, Jenkins had no idea his mother, Lt. Col. Cotina Jenkins-Sellers, was standing right behind him.

“I told my husband that I wanted to surprise Derrick and he said we would do it at a basketball game,” Jenkins-Sellers said. “He thought I was coming home February 1. We’ve been planning it for about a month and a half.”

Can you imagine the shock?

 … In the video, Jenkins misses his free throws, and his mother, silently standing behind him, says to him, “That’s alright, Derrick.” 

Watch his very emotional — and sweet — response here.

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  • Guest

    So, where’s the video? Guess it’s not allowed in my pasture. Never mind. Slow cow… I see the link at the bottom. Let me chew my cud.

  • Sue Anne Ward


  • cwrit

    Where’s the video?!

  • David

    Yep, I think Derrick was ‘shocked’ when he saw his Mom …’surprise’ does not describe his reaction.

  • G19
  • G19
  • Dusty in here… something in my eye…

  • Kristy Patullo

    Oh my gosh, tears just shot out of my eyes! Super sweet moment.

  • G19

    Bristol’s brother, Track, served in the Army. She has an understanding of this type of separation. You are a petty person.

  • G19

    So you know their visitation schedule do you?

  • G19

    Yawn. So you don’t. As I said you’re petty.

    • G19

      As I said her brother served, she has feelings on the issue. Get over it. I’m done you bore me, you can have the last word.

  • Mario Rivera

    Just awesome.

  • onesoldiersmom