BOSTON (CBS) – For two boys who attended Rob Gronkowski’s football clinic Saturday, the day was extra special.

Their, cousin, Maddie Gauthier, who is in the Navy, made a surprise visit, bringing tears to Ryan’s and Christian’s eyes.

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Rob Gronkowski poses for a photo with Maddie Gauthier and her cousins, Christian and Ryan. (WBZ-TV)

Gauthier is serving on the USS Nimitz in Washington State. She made the surprise visit home before she’s deployed.

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Gronkowski spent the day hanging out with the kids who attended the clinic, signing autographs and taking pictures.

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A portion of the proceeds goes to the Gronk Nation Youth Foundation.