Special release to Allhawkeyes
STORM LAKE, Iowa – Several Hawkeye legends – including Ronnie Lester, Bobby Hansen, Vince Brookins, Greg Stokes and Jeff Horner – will be descending upon Storm Lake again this summer, giving Iowa fans a terrific opportunity to share memories and laughs with some of their favorite former Hawks. Based on the tremendous success of last year’s events, the Kenny Arnold Foundation has scheduled another “Teammates For Life” weekend at Lake Creek Country Club in Storm Lake this July.
There will be two events that Hawkeye fans will enjoy: • On Friday, July 6, Lake Creek will host a “BBQ & Blues, Meet & Greet” featuring live music and a chance to share memories with several Hawkeye legends.
On Saturday, July 7, a four-person, best-shot golf tournament will include appearances by several former Hawkeye athletes and feature many unique auction items. The members of the 1980 Iowa men’s basketball team who played in the Final Four have spent a large portion of the last 35 years caring for one of their own.
Kenny Arnold, a sophomore guard who led that Hawkeye team in points and assists, was diagnosed with brain cancer in 1985 and has been fighting health issues ever since. The brain tumor and several subsequent strokes have limited Arnold’s mobility, robbed him of his ability to speak and left him in a state of chronic pain. Arnold’s former Iowa teammates and coaches, and the entire Hawkeye Basketball Family – his “Teammates For Life” – have stayed in contact with Arnold throughout his medical and financial challenges. Various events have generated funds for Arnold and have helped him receive regular physical therapy, which has helped him push through incredible physical difficulties.
“Kenny has always been a tremendous leader,” says former Iowa teammate Mike “Tree” Henry. “At the time of his initial diagnosis, the doctors gave him a 10 percent chance of surviving. Well, that was 33 years ago and Kenny keeps fighting. All of his former teammates, friends and fans are so inspired by how he has lived his life, we want to honor Kenny and help motivate other people who are facing similar battles.
” Henry is the Executive Director of the Kenny Arnold Foundation, which has a mission to raise funds to be directed toward cancer research and education.
“Kenny is such an inspiration,” says Henry. “So we want to share his story and inspire others to keep fighting, as well as motivate those who can helps others to take action and become a part of someone’s ‘Teammates For Life.’” The former Hawkeyes who are expected to attend the golf outing in Storm Lake in June include: Ronnie Lester, Bobby Hansen, Vince Brookins, Mike Henry, John Streif, Clay Hargrave, Jon Darsee, Todd Berkenpas, Waymond King, Greg Stokes, Steve Waite, Kyle Galloway, Johnnie Butler, Al Lorenzen, Michael Morgan, Craig Anderson, Steve Krafcisin, James Moses, Zach McCabe, Michael Payne, Gary Dolphin and Jeff Horner.
There will be a “BBQ & Blues, Meet & Greet” gathering with the former Hawkeyes who will be in Storm Lake on Friday, July 6 at Lake Creek Country Club. There will be a social hour from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., followed by a dinner, including pulled pork sandwiches. The popular and talented Kevin Burt, who recently won the International Blues Competition, will provide live music after the dinner.
Tickets for this event will be $30, benefiting the Kenny Arnold Foundation. This will give Hawkeye fans a unique chance to mingle with the former Hawks. Auction items that will be made available include basketballs and footballs autographed by Hawkeye legends, framed photos and more.
The entry fee for the “Teammates For Life” golf tournament is $80 per person and includes lunch and a dinner on Saturday after the tourney. However, if you register and pay by June 22, the cost drops to $70 per person.
The four-person, best-shot tourney begins at 10 a.m. on July 7. If you’re interested in registering a team for the outing, please call Charles Horton, Manager at Lake Creek Country Club at (712) 732-1548. Please don’t hesitate to get registered as spots will fill up quickly. Iowa fans who attended last year’s events had a fantastic time and many were surprised at how much time they were able to spend visiting with the former Hawks.
“As a group, we love to visit with the Hawkeye fans,” said Henry. “I’ve been telling my friends for years that Iowa has the best fan base in the world and they continue to surprise me with how much they care. Without that generosity, I don’t think Kenny would be around today. But with all the love and support he’s been shown, he just continues to fight and make improvements, day after day.”
The title sponsors for these “Teammates For Life” events are: Security Trust & Savings Bank of Storm Lake, Redenbaugh & Mohr Law Office of Storm Lake, Stille Pierce & Pertzborn of Storm Lake and Talk To Me Technologies of Cedar Falls. People who would like to donate may also go to the KennyArnoldFoundation.org website to make a onetime or annual donation.
KENNY ARNOLD’S IOWA CAREER (1979-82) Scored 1,112 points Handed out 352 assists (9th all-time in Iowa history) Led Final Four team in points and assists (1980) Played on Iowa’s last Big Ten champion (1979) During his four years, Iowa finished 1st, 4th, 2nd and 2nd in the Big Ten Second all-time in Iowa history for minutes played in NCAA Tournament (350) Fourth in Iowa history for points scored in Final Four games (39) One of three players in Iowa history to score 20+ points in a Final Four game (Carl Cain, Bill Logan, Kenny Arnold) Never left the court in the last game of his Iowa career (45 minutes) One of six Hawkeyes to finish career with at least 1,100 points, 350 assists, 250 rebounds and 80 steals Led team in points in 1980 (444) Led team in assists in 1980 (142) Led team in assists in 1981 (110)