IOWA CITY – Walking into Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Saturday, memories filled the minds of members of the family of Chris Street.
The former Iowa basketball player’s life was celebrated at Saturday’s Hawkeye game on the 20th anniversary of his death in an auto accident and one of his two sisters, Sarah Stone, tried to put it all into words.
“There are so many memories, from being a high school kid so proud to have a brother playing for the Hawkeyes to remembering coming to games,’’ Stone said. “The people here are making us feel so welcomed. It brings back great memories and sad memories.’’
A sellout crowd of 15,400 stood throughout a halftime ceremony which included recognition for the 20 Hawkeyes who have been recipients of the Chris Street Award, presented annually to the Iowa player who most typifies the spirit, enthusiasm and intensity of Street.
Wade Lookingbill, the winner of the inaugural award in 1993, was joined at midcourt by Jess Settles, Jim Bartels, Jason Bauer, Ryan Luehrsmann, Duez Henderson, Jeff Horner and Adam Haluska.
Members of the Street family joined them to a rousing ovation which followed a video tribute which included comments from former coach Tom Davis and Wisconsin assistant Gary Close, an Iowa assistant who recruited Street from Indianola High School.
More than 50 members of the Street family attended the game, many wearing t-shirts identical to the ones Hawkeye players wore as they warmed up for the game.
The white shirts had the phrase “If you give 100 percent all of the time, somehow things will work out in the end’’ across the front and included Street’s name, retired jersey number 40 and a cross bearing his initials on the back.
“We all feel blessed that Christopher’s memory has been kept alive and that people still remember him,’’ Street’s mother, Patty, said before the game.
Flanked by his wife and the couple’s two daughters, Stone and Betsy Stursma, Mike Street said his family is comforted by the support and tribute given to his son.
“This is a big night for us,’’ he said. “We appreciate what the university has done and what the fans have done. When we walk in here, there are a lot of memories.’’
There was no shortage of memories.
A video of Street in action was played on the arena’s video board prior to the game and pictures of him in action were featured on the game program cover.
On the court, Iowa players wore black patches with Street’s initials and jersey number, “CMS 40” on their jerseys and Hawkeye coaches wore lapel pins with Street’s number.
Even miles away from Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Street was remembered.
Missouri State coach Paul Lusk, a teammate of Street’s at Iowa, wore a lapel pin with Street’s number, 40, as he coached his team in a Saturday game at Bradley.