Former Hawkeye basketball star Kenny Arnold has been battling severe medical issues for decades -- a brain tumor and several strokes have led to limited mobility, an inability to speak, and chronic pain. He was given a 10% chance of survival when he was initially diagnosed -- some 32 years ago. In recognition of his ongoing battle, several of Arnold's teammates have organized a grassroots effort to make the February 18 home game against Illinois (that's today) a "Whiteout" game. Fans are encouraged to wear white to the game.
There's also a special "Whiteout" shirt for sale with Kenny Arnold's number (30), the "Teammates for Life" logo, and the script Iowa that adorned the Iowa jerseys when Arnold played for the Hawkeyes in the 80s.
Here are the Kenny Arnold shirts for the Whiteout vs Illinois. pic.twitter.com/TsdnN1sIgA
— Murph & Andy Show (@Murph_Andy) February 9, 2017
The shirts are $30 and will be available in the Carver-Hawkeye Arena concourse as well as the following stores:
- Hawkeye Fan Shop at 1525 2nd Street in Coralville
- Hawkeye Fan Shop at 201 S. Clinton Street in Iowa City
- Black and Gold Shop at 1000 25th Ave in Coralville
- Black and Gold Shop at 102 E. Kimberly Road in Davenport
In addition, there will be other activities on February 18 as well. Per the press release:
Prior to the game on February 18, several of Arnold’s former teammates will be available on the main concourse at Carver-Hawkeye Arena to sign autographs and visit with fans from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Former Hawkeyes Ronnie Lester, Vince Brookins, Mike “Tree” Henry, Bobby Hansen, Mark Gannon, Steve Waite and Waymond King will be there to help make it a special day for Hawkeye fans, young and old alike.
The current Hawkeyes will be wearing the Kenny Arnold shirts during warm-ups to pay tribute to Arnold and how he has battled cancer with tremendous courage and grace.
After the game that day, Arnold’s former teammates will be hosting a “Meet and Greet” at The University Club on Melrose Avenue in Iowa City from 4 to 8 p.m. This event will be a fundraiser for the Kenny Arnold Fund and is open to the public. A suggested donation at the door will be $10 for individuals or $20 for a family. This “Meet & Greet” will be a unique opportunity for fans to mingle with the former Hawks (including those listed above). There will be a photo station where fans can get a picture taken and have it autographed on the spot, there will be items available for auction and there will be great conversations and stories to share. There will be hors d’oeuvres served with a cash bar available. This is a family-friendly event that should be great fun for Hawk fans of all ages.
Iowa Hoops also released this fun video of Arnold's playing days:
Flashback Friday: Kenny Arnold Feature https://t.co/Cw5Y2tAICo
— Iowa Basketball (@IowaHoops) February 17, 2017
Best of luck to Arnold in his continued battle.