The University of Iowa continued ago planned to accomplish its home bold with Illinois on Saturday a “white-out’’ bold with admirers actuality asked to abrasion white apparel.
But the accompany and teammates of an old Hawkeye hero are abduction the befalling to accession funds and acquaintance on his behalf.
Kenny Arnold, one of the stars of Iowa’s 1980 Final Four team, has spent best of the years back again aggressive a countless of bloom problems, including a academician bump and several strokes. He can no best allege and is about in connected pain, but some of his teammates are endlessly speaking and acting for him.
They are affairs white t-shirts with Arnold’s No. 30 and the words “Teammates For Life’’ on them, and they are acquisitive those are the shirts Iowa admirers will abrasion for Saturday’s game. The shirts are $30 and are accessible online and at assorted locations, including the Black and Gold Shop in Davenport.
Iowa players additionally will abrasion the shirts during pregame warmups, aloof as they did during a Jan. 15 bold at Northwestern.
“We anticipate the abstraction of accumulation the ‘white-out’ bold with Kenny’s shirts is a absolute way to appearance Kenny that he is not alone remembered by Hawkeye fans, but that we are all so appreciative of him for the adventuresomeness and backbone he shows every day,” above assistant Vince Brookins said. “We apperceive the affection of Iowa admirers and we apperceive they will footfall up in this accomplishment for Kenny.”
Brookins is one of the leaders of the campaign, forth with above assistant Mike “Tree’’ Henry and Iowa fan Marty Gallagher.
“Kenny has consistently been a amazing leader,” Henry said. “At the time of his antecedent diagnosis, the doctors gave him a 10-percent adventitious of surviving. Well, that was about 32 years ago and Kenny keeps fighting.
“All of his above teammates, accompany and admirers are so aggressive by how he has lived his life, we appetite to do article absolutely appropriate to account Kenny and advice actuate bodies out there who are adverse agnate battles.”
Although All-American bouncer Ronnie Lester was the covering amateur on the Final Four team, Arnold stepped up and played a key role back Lester went bottomward with a knee injury. The Chicago built-in concluded up arch the aggregation in both credibility and assists as Lute Olson’s aggregation accomplished the civic semifinals afore accident to closing best Louisville.
Arnold is clumsy to biking but abounding of the players from the 1980 aggregation will be complex in several means on Saturday. They will be available, forth with added Iowa greats of the past, on the capital avenue at Carver-Hawkeye Arena to assurance autographs and appointment with admirers from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. In accession to Brookins, Henry and Lester, Bobby Hansen, Mark Gannon, Steve Waite, Waymond King, Greg Stokes, Jess Settles, Craig Anderson and Todd Berkenpas are accepted to be on hand.
Those players additionally will host a “meet and greet’’ with admirers afterward the bold from 4 to 8 p.m. at the University Athletic Club. The accident has a appropriate donation of $10 per being and $20 per ancestors with all gain activity to the Kenny Arnold Fund.
“We attending advanced to visiting with anybody we accommodated that day,’’ Henry said. “Kenny is such an afflatus so we appetite to allotment his adventure and affect others to accumulate fighting, as able-bodied as actuate those who can advice others to booty action.”