Hawks keeping promise to pay for ‘Swipe Right Night’ couple’s wedding 

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Hawks keeping promise to pay for ‘Swipe Right Night’ couple’s wedding 

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Ben McCleskey, 21, and Avery Armstrong, 23, started dating after the first Hawks Tinder night.  PHOTO BY HELENA OLIVIERO

Hawks CEO Steve Koonin is keeping his promise to pay for - and host - the wedding of Ben McCleskey and Avery Armstrong, a couple who started dating after the NBA team’s first “Swipe Right Night” in 2015.

Last March, The AJC connected with Ben, Avery, and Koonin at “Swipe Right Night 2.0” after the couple was selected to sit in Harry's Love Nest. That’s when Koonin made the promise to the couple who already had one thing in common: a love for the Atlanta Hawks.

The couple were acquaintances when the Hawks hosted its first Tinder night in January 2015, but decided to meet face-to-face at the Tinder Night. The Shorter University college students have been together ever since. They both enjoy going to Hawks games and returned to a game together for “Swipe Right Night 2.0” 

“My treat,” he said.

Response from Koonin:

No word yet on date and venue. 

Here is video from the Tinder night:

Hawks Tinder Night Helena
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