For a walk-on football player, earning a football scholarship can be one of the most rewarding experiences of his life.
For their biggest cheerleader and supporter, it's a tear-jerker moment.
On Thursday, East Carolina head coach Scottie Montgomery visitied senior defense end Kiante Anderson's mother, Tia, at her work to deliver an early Mother's Day present.
"I am about to put Kiante Anderson on scholarship," Montgomery said as he approached her school. "His mother Tia works here at South Greeneville Elementary School. He loves her, he speaks so highly of her and talks about her sacrifices. He's earned it on and off the field."
Here's a look at the heartfelt moment captured by ECU Athletics.
Tia had the honor of calling her son and telling him the news with 'Coach Mo' by her side. The smile couldn't be wiped from Montgomery's face.
It's certainly a Mother's Day that neither of the Anderson's will ever forget.