Windy City Media Group Frontpage News


home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2021-09-01



PASSAGES Vinnie Arroyo
by Ross Forman, Windy City Times

This article shared 8302 times since Thu May 30, 2013
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

Vinnie Arroyo, a longtime, multi-sport participant and former board member of the predominantly gay Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association (CMSA), has died after a lengthy illness. He was 41.

Arroyo died from an infection in the stomach that he was battling for almost three years, said his longtime partner Roger Serrano. "He fought hard; he had setbacks, but always managed to get out of them," Serrano said.

Arroyo played softball and volleyball as recently as 2012, and was coaching/scorekeeping for a softball team this season. He is the former director of the CMSA open volleyball league and was on the main CMSA board of directors, plus a key member in the formation of CMSA's flag football league.

"He was a wonderful man, a great guy and great teammate. He was very funny, the life of the party," said Danny Tag, of Chicago. "Vinnie was an important contributor to CMSA. This is a very sad day."

Arroyo was instrumental in the forming of CMSA's flag football league, and one of the league's first referees. He also helped write the league's rules.

"Vinnie had a lot of friends, especially in the [local, gay] sports community," Tag said.

Rob Burton, a 2013 inductee into the CMSA Hall of Fame, was softball teammates with Arroyo. Burton said Arroyo "definitely [was an] instrumental figure in CMSA history."

Phil Runions, who is straight yet played in the local gay softball leagues from 1981-2012, was teammates with Arroyo at times and foes at times, too.

"He was an all-around nice guy who definitely will be missed," said Runions, 54. "Vinnie was a fierce competitor who hated to lose; I think that's why we got along so well."

Arroyo played B-Division softball for years, but recently has been involved in the C-Division.

"Vinnie was very active in CMSA, and will be very sorely missed," said Bill Enright, 48, who lives in Uptown and played multiple CMSA sports for almost 20 years, dating back to 1993. He was friends on and off the fields of play with Arroyo, and even was roommates with him for a period.

"He was very jovial, always with a happy personality. Vinnie was one of those guys who everyone truly liked. Personally, I'm very saddened, as I know a lot of us within CMSA are."

Arroyo and Serrano met in San Diego and their first date was on Halloween, 2007. "[We] went to the haunted trails at Balboa Park [and] he was making fun of me because I was holding his arm the whole time," Serrano said.

Shortly after, they were a couple, Serrano said, and they moved to Chicago in 2008.

"We moved all over the place [in Chicago], from Lincoln Park to Streeterville to Uptown, where we finally settled," said Serrano, 32. "He loved sports, especially softball. That's how I started playing; he was an awesome coach."

Serrano plays CMSA softball and also runs marathons. Serrano on Wednesday posted on Facebook: "Today I lost my best friend and the best partner I could ever ask for ... I will always love you and remember you ... I know you will always be next to me … R.I.P."

Enright said Arroyo's biggest contribution to the gay sports scene was the "simple joy he brought to all his teammates and others. All teams he played on enjoyed him being there."

Enright also noted Arroyo's competitive nature, but added, "He kept things in perspective."

Arroyo was a longtime Chicago Blackhawks fan, many locals noted, "and he would have loved" Wednesday's night's game seven overtime win over the Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference semifinals, played at the United Center, Enright said.

Arroyo and Enright watched the Hawks win the 2010 Stanley Cup together.

Serrano said Arroyo also was a diehard Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs fan.

"I have too many stories about Vinnie to share, with so many funny moments. I always will remember him and those memories," Enright said.

Arroyo grew up in the Chicago area and attended Kennedy High School. He lived in San Diego for about seven or eight years before moving back to Chicago, Enright said. "Every time we talked while he was [living] in San Diego, he always complained about the food, how he missed Chicago food," Enright said, laughing.

Arroyo worked in the customer service/call centers area, as a customer service manager, "and loved it," Serrano said. "He knew how to treat people, loved to be a good leader and manager," Serrano said. "He helped everyone reach their best. Everyone who knew him knows that he was a kind person, and liked everyone."

Mark Sakalares, a member of the CMSA board, only met Arroyo once and very briefly. Still, Sakalares is well aware of Arroyo's contributions. "No doubt a huge loss and he will be missed by many. He leaves a legacy as a sportsman and great friend to many," Sakalares said.

This article shared 8302 times since Thu May 30, 2013
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Gay News

Lightfoot, Chicago to celebrate WNBA champion Chicago Sky Oct. 19 with parade, rally
--From a press release - CHICAGO — The City of Chicago will celebrate the 2021 WNBA Champion Chicago Sky on Tuesday, Oct. 19, with a downtown parade and rally. The parade will begin at 11AM when the team departs from Wintrust ...

Gay News

Colin Powell dies from COVID-19 complications
Colin Powell—the first Black U.S. secretary of state, whose leadership in several Republican administrations helped shape the country's foreign policy in the last years of the 20th century and the early years of the 21st—died from ...

Gay News

Chicago Sky win their first WNBA championship
The sixth-seeded Chicago Sky defeated the fifth-seeded Phoenix Mercury 80-74 in game four of the 2021 WNBA Finals on Oct. 17 to close the series and secure the franchise's first WNBA championship in front of a ...

Gay News

SPORTS Red Stars top KC 2-1 on Fan Appreciation Night
On the team's Fan Appreciation Night (Oct. 16) at SeatGeek Stadium, the Chicago Red Stars (10-8-5) defeated Kansas City (3-13-6) 2-1 in NWSL action. The Red Stars scored behind an own-goal from Kansas City's Kristen Edmonds ...

Gay News

SPORTS Sky one win from first WNBA title after routing Phoenix
On Oct. 15 at Wintrust Arena, the Chicago Sky defeated the Phoenix Mercury by 36 points (86-50)—the largest margin of victory in a WNBA Finals game—to take a two-to-one series lead in the best-of-five series. The ...

Gay News

SPORTS Sky's Vandersloot named to All-WNBA Second Team
Chicago Sky guard Courtney Vandersloot has been named to the 2021 All-WNBA Second Team, per a team press release. This is the fourth consecutive season and fifth time overall Vandersloot is an All-WNBA honoree. It also ...

Gay News

SPORTS Blackhawks drop season opener against Colorado
On Oct. 13, the Chicago Blackhawks fell in an early hole and couldn't recover, falling 4-2 to the Colorado Avalanche in the season opener. Colorado scored thrice in the first 10 minutes of play, which proved ...

Gay News

SPORTS Chicago Red Stars power past Orlando 1-0
The Chicago Red Stars, behind an early Kealia Watt goal and a clean sheet from Cassie Miller, defeated the Orlando Pride at home (Bridgeview's SeatGeek Stadium) Oct. 13 by a score of 1-0. During the game's ...

Gay News

SPORTS Chicago Sky lose in OT to Phoenix; finals tied at 1-1
On Oct. 13, the Chicago Sky fell to the Phoenix Mercury 91-86 in overtime in game two of the 2021 WNBA Finals at Phoenix's Footprint Center. Sky guard Courtney Vandersloot dished out a team-high 20 points ...

Gay News

SPORTS White Sox eliminated from playoffs
The Chicago White Sox's season has ended. The Houston Astros advanced to their fifth consecutive American League Championship Series on Oct. 12 by defeating the White Sox 10-1 at Chicago's Guaranteed Rate Field in game four ...

Gay News

SPORTS Raiders coach resigns after anti-LGBTQ, racist emails surface
Following recent articles in The Wall Street Journal and New York Times detailing the use of racist, homophobic and misogynistic terms by Jon Gruden in emails reportedly dating back to 2010, he has resigned as Las ...

Gay News

SPORTS Chicago Red Stars fall to OL Reign 3-2
Mallory Pugh returned to the scoresheet with a first half goal and Tatumn Milazzo scored her first career NWSL (National Women's Soccer League) goal in the second. However, the Chicago Red Stars fell to the OL ...

Gay News

SPORTS Chicago Sky win first game of WNBA finals
The Chicago Sky are going into game two of the WNBA finals with a 1-0 series lead after defeating the Phoenix Mercury 91-77 in an away game on Oct. 10. The Sky had six players in double figures (all five starters ...

Gay News

SPORTS Chicago Sky win, advance to first finals since 2014
The Chicago Sky are headed to the WNBA Finals for the first time since 2014, as the team defeated the Connecticut Sun 79-69 in game four of the 2021 WNBA playoff semifinals on Oct. 6 to win the series three to ...

Gay News

Chicago Sky player named to WNBA All-Rookie Team
Chicago Sky guard Dana Evans has been selected to the 2021 WNBA All-Rookie Team. Evans is joined on the squad by Aari McDonald (Atlanta Dream), Michaela Onyenwere (New York Liberty), Charli Collier (Dallas Wings) and DiDi ...


Copyright © 2021 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.







About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.