The engagement was a few days in the making. Jake Conrad took to Facebook earlier this week to begin the planning of a very special engagement he was ready to propose to his boyfriend, Michael Holtzman.
Luckily, Holtzman isn’t on Facebook and didn’t see the message.
A friend did know someone with the Chicago Bulls and connected Conrad. That lead to the happy gay couple being at center court during the Bulls’ game against the San Antonio Spurs last night, where Conrad popped the question.
Holtzman said yes.
While marriage proposals are regular occurrences at sporting events and concerts, this is the first one we have heard about that involved a same-sex couple at an NBA game.
Bulls spokesman Ross Lipschultz sent Outsports this statement:
“At the Chicago Bulls game vs. the San Antonio Spurs on December 8, the Bulls worked with Jake Conrad to set up an in-game proposal for his partner, Michael Holtzman. Michael has been a lifelong Bulls fan and watches every game. After he once told Jake that his dream was to go to a Bulls game, Jake knew he wanted to propose to Michael at a game to show him how committed he is to making Michael’s dreams come true.
“Jake bought tickets to the game and contacted the Bulls to purchase a fan experience package to propose before the game. The Bulls were touched by Jake and Michael’s story and wanted to make the experience extra special, so they asked Jake if he would be open to proposing during the game. Once Jake agreed, the team worked with him to set up a proposal during a timeout involving Benny the Bull and the Luvabulls. The Chicago Bulls are honored to have been part of such a special moment for this couple.”
So the Bulls weren’t just bystanders, they were very active in making this happen. So cool.
Conrad is a volunteer assistant women’s volleyball coach at the Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. A request for comment from Conrad was not immediately returned.
We don’t know much about Holtzman, other than the fact that he’s now engaged to be married!
Oh, the Bulls won the game, 95-91.