Like many modern couples, Ben McCleskey and Avery Armstrong met through Tinder. That's where the normalness of their story ends, however. Having first kicked it off at a Swipe Right Night hosted by the Atlanta Hawks, the couple now plans to tie the knot, and the sports team is stepping up to pay.
In 2015, the Atlantic Hawks turned their stadium into "the premier social networking hub in the NBA," shared the team's press release from the Swipe Right Night event. Fans at the game were invited to use Tinder to match with other fans on-site. It was there that McCleskey and Armstrong first met, and the date went so well that they returned for Swipe Right Night 2.0 in 2016.
Hawks CEO Steve Koonin got wind of the couple's story and, so thrilled to hear of the event's success, he made a bold proposal. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the businessman promised to pay for the couple's wedding if they ever got married. "My treat," Koonin allegedly said, and it turns out the time has come.
Armstrong recently took to Twitter to give the CEO an update. "Hey [Atlanta Hawks] remember when you said you'd pay for mine and [McCkeskey's] wedding? Well the 3 of us are ready—we hope the offer still stands!" Three, you ask? That's right—the couple's since had a baby!
Clearly heart-warmed by the budding family, Koonin responded on the NBA's Hawks website (where you can also see the couple's full relationship timeline, supplemented by various game-day selfies.) "Avery and Ben: We are super excited for how your relationship has grown since you met at our first Swipe Right Night, and I will absolutely make good on my promise for the Hawks to host your wedding," he confirmed. "We can't wait to start making plans and meet your new little one.
Ain't love the sweetest thing?