In response to the Des Moines Register newspaper slimming Carson King for “offensive tweets” during his high school days, Republican Governor Kim Reynolds declares Saturday “Carson King Day
“WHEREAS, volunteerism and selflessness defines Iowans by nature. Because in Iowa, individuals like Carson King demonstrate how Iowa Nice isn’t just a slogan, but our way of life; and
WHEREAS, Carson King can showcase who we are as a people, not only by selflessly donating to a worthy cause, but spreading the message of generosity. Because of his efforts, over $1 million and counting has gone towards the renowned University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital in Iowa City; and
WHEREAS, Carson King continues to be a force for change, stating he’s working to raise $2 million for the hospital before September 30th; and
WHEREAS, the Carson King Story embodies a young man’s ability to help a cause greater than himself and can serve as a model for others to follow; and
WHEREAS, Carson King has shown that one person can make a difference and one person can make positive change even through the unlikeliest of ways:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Kim Reynolds, Governor of the State of Iowa, do hereby proclaim September 28th, 2019 as Carson King Day in the State of Iowa and thank him for his contributions to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, Iowa children, and their families.”
King’s sign went viral after his Sept. 14 appeal for beer money, which was captured and aired nationally on ESPN’s College GameDay.
The stunt catapulted him into the spotlight when he redirected the donations from beer to the University of Iowa’s Stead Family Children’s Hospital.
The Des Moines Register felt it necessary to dig through Day’s tweets dating back to high school after discovering some off-color jokes they contacted Anheuser-Busch for comment who then announced that they are terminating their relationship with Day.
The Geneseo Brewing Co. posted a letter on Facebook to King, praising his personal growth and coming out as “appalled” by the actions of newspaper and Anheuser-Busch.Genesco wrote “we ... would like to continue your efforts by naming a new Pilsner ‘Iowa Legend’ and donating a dollar from every pint and 16-ounce can sold to your cause until the batch is sold out.”