Trent Madsen is the kind of guy that is used to making a statement. One of the more aerially-gifted members of the Verve Sol Patrol, fans will know him as the guy with the No. 44 jersey that dunks off trampolines with the Gorilla during timeouts.
So when Madsen was preparing for his routine during the Suns game against the Mavs a week ago, he was dead set on making a statement – but to whom, and why – was uniquely driven.
Instead of flipping and spinning before slamming the ball through the rim for the adoration of 18,000 berserk fans, Madsen wanted to earn the adoration of just one person in the arena – his fellow Verve Sol Patrol member, Rindy Germaine.
Madsen and Germaine have known each other for seven years and teammates on the dunk team for five. The two first met when Madsen was working for the Arizona Rattler’s Rat Pack and Germaine was a member of the Sidewinders Dance Team.
After moving from friends to best friends, the two began dating about a year ago. And while Germaine observed Madsen’s flair for the dramatic as he skied off of the trampoline, she had no idea what she was in store for during their routine against Dallas.
After making a couple of passes off of the trampoline to finish with dunks, Germaine was ready to dribble her ball up for another run when something stopped her. With the crowd becoming energized by all of the jams, music and theatrics, she was used to seeing huge signs on the court that were designed to excite the crowd. But the sign that was propped up on her path towards the basket had specific words written on it, created solely for her.
The enormous sign in front of her read, “Rindy, will you marry me?”
Germaine, completely stunned, stopped cold in her approach to the basket. Madsen walked out to meet her at half-court and went down on one knee. The capacity-filled audience was in just as much amazement as Germaine.
Needless to say, she accepted.
“We’re here at the arena more than at home, so I figured it’d be a great place to do it,” Madsen said. “The arena is like a second home, we’re here all the time and it’s a big part of our lives, so I thought it would be a great way to tie us together.”
As smooth as it all went in person, Madsen noted that the proposal took some time to engineer and execute. Once Madsen decided he was going to marry her about four weeks ago, he began hatching his plan.
To his credit, it’s safe to say that it was the most memorable in-game performance of the year. The two Mesa natives plan on marrying in September.