LARAMIE, Wyo. -
On Friday, Feb. 5, former University of Wyoming All-America basketball player Kenny Sailors was remembered in a 10 a.m. memorial service in UW’s Arena-Auditorium. Sailors, who passed away on Saturday, Jan. 30, will forever be remembered as a great family man and a man of great faith, a Marine during World War II, the man who brought the jump shot to the game of basketball and brought the 1943 NCAA Basketball Championship to his home state of Wyoming.
To honor Sailors, the Cowboy basketball team will wear a commemorative patch on their jerseys for the remainder of the 2015-16 season. The black circular patch will feature Sailors’ number “4” in white in the middle of the patch. The Cowboys will also wear special shooting shirts during warm-ups at home and on the road for the rest of the season. The front of the shooting shirts will feature “WYO” with the number “4” underneath, while the back of the shirts will have the name “Sailors” with the number “4” beneath it. The patches on the game jerseys and the shooting shirts will be worn by the Cowboys for the first time in this Saturday’s game against Utah State, which will tip off from Wyoming’s Arena-Auditorium at 4 p.m., Mountain Time.
Wyoming Athletics also posted on Friday a tribute video to Sailors on GoWyo.com, the UW Athletics YouTube page and its social media accounts. The video, narrated by nationally-renowned sportscaster Jim Nantz, chronicles Sailors’s basketball accomplishments.