Dale & Marilyn Howard
The loyalty of Iowa Hawkeye fans everywhere is the envy of teams coast to coast. They know the competitive edge that Iowa fans give to the UI student-athletes on 24 teams who proudly wear the black and gold.
In December 2006, the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, approved the hiring of architects to develop and plan the Carver-Hawkeye Arena enhancements. The arena, which hosts UI commencement ceremonies, lectures, concerts and other events in addition to athletic events, opened in 1983 and required updating to meet current needs. The facility was named in recognition of a gift from philanthropist and business leader Roy J. Carver of Muscatine, Iowa.
When the call went out to Hawkeye fans and supporters that it was time to revitalize Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Dale and Marilyn Howard showed their outstanding Hawkeye loyalty with inspiring generosity and leadership. The Howards, who share a lifelong passion for basketball and Hawkeye athletics with their entire family, made a gift commitment of $3.5 million to support the project through the University of Iowa Foundation.
In recognition of the Howard’s gift, the University of Iowa is pleased to name the arena’s new addition the Dale and Marilyn Howard Family Pavilion. The fourstory, 75,000-square-foot addition features an 8,000-square-foot state-of-theart strength and conditioning center, two practice courts for men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball, new wrestling training facility, locker rooms, hospitality facilities, and modern office space for coaches and staff.
When the Hawkeyes bring promising recruits to Carver-Hawkeye Arena, the Dale and Marilyn Howard Family Pavilion will powerfully demonstrate the University’s commitment to the success of its student-athletes and its athletics program. The pavilion will provide crucial practice space and training opportunities for the young men and women who wear the black and gold, enabling them to maximize their athletic potential while allowing greater flexibility and efficiency in managing their demanding academic schedules. Gary Barta, the UI Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, hailed the Howards’ generosity.
“This gift is an act of leadership,” Barta said. “With the Howards’ help, the UI will stay competitive at the highest levels in the Big Ten and nationally, not only in basketball and the other sports that train and compete in Carver-Hawkeye Arena, but also throughout our athletic program. Dale and Marilyn Howard have been longtime friends of the Iowa Hawkeyes, and we couldn’t be prouder to have their support.”
Dale Howard said he and Marilyn were motivated to make their gift by their respect for the University of Iowa and the Iowa Hawkeye athletics program. “Our gift reflects our love for the University of Iowa and what it stands for, and the fact that basketball has always been a part of our whole family’s lives,” Howard said.
Dale Howard, who earned a degree in physical education from the University of Iowa in 1955, is the owner and president of Dale Howard Inc., an automobile dealership in Iowa Falls. The Howards are members of the Platinum Level of the University of Iowa Presidents Club, which recognizes the most generous contributors to all areas of the UI.
On behalf of Hawkeye fans everywhere, the University of Iowa and the University of Iowa Foundation offer their heartfelt thanks to Dale and Marilyn Howard for their extraordinary support in ushering in the next era of Hawkeye sports.
The University of Iowa and the University of Iowa Foundation celebrated the grand opening of the Dale and Marilyn Howard Family Pavilion last night with a public dedication ceremony in the new addition.
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