New York, New York (June 3, 2012) – New York Knicks Captain, Olympian and six (6) time NBA All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire proposed to Alexis Welch, the mother of Stoudemire’s three (3) children, in Paris yesterday.

Stoudemire asked Ms. Welch for her hand in marriage while overlooking the Eiffel Tower lights outside of their penthouse Le Meurice Hotel Belle Etoile Royal Suite. He surprised her with a dinner after they spent the day taking a private historical tour of Paris that included stops at the Louvre and other landmarks.

“I have been planning my proposal for a while and overlooking the entire Paris skyline seemed like a perfect place. I am so happy she said YES and now we can continue to build our life together as husband and wife,” said Stoudemire from Paris.

Stoudemire designed the engagement ring with Los Angeles-based celebrity jeweler Shayan Afshar.

The couple met in 2002 after Stoudemire was drafted with the Phoenix Suns. They plan to wed in 2013.