Military serviceman surprises wife and kids at Thursday’s Arizona game

Jeff Eisenberg

The most memorable moment of top-ranked Arizona's 69-43 beatdown of Southern came during a first-half timeout.

It was then that Arizona surprised a military family with the best early Christmas present imaginable.

When Arizona invited the wife, son and daughter of Master Sergeant Chris Campbell onto the floor, school officials only told them they wanted to thank the family for the sacrifices it has made. A video message from Campbell appeared on the jumbotron, ending with the master sergeant jogging onto the court, wrapping his family in a bear hug and surprising them with the news he'd be home for Christmas.

From the ovation of a surely misty-eyed crowd to the shock and jubilation of Campbell's family, the whole moment was pretty awesome.

It's not the first time a military serviceman has used a sporting event as the forum to surprise his family, but the videos never disappoint.

(Thanks, College Basketball Talk)

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Jeff Eisenberg is the editor of The Dagger on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at daggerblog@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!