Davidson’s Statement of Purpose says, “The primary purpose of Davidson College is to assist students in developing humane instincts and disciplined and creative minds for lives of leadership and service.” Curry takes that mission to heart in his daily work and life.
He is a leader on and off the court, and he is committed to improving the world around him. He has generously partnered with the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign, which provides insecticide-treated, life-saving mosquito nets to people in Africa to prevent malaria. He also is a long-time supporter of the A2S Foundation, effecting positive change for Nigerian children and their communities, and he recently joined President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative, which aims to provide resources for young men of color.
National and international headlines brag about Curry’s superhuman talents on the court. Rightly so, as the three-time NBA All-Star is just the 11th player in the league’s 70-year existence to win back-to-back MVP honors and the first-ever to win by unanimous vote. He joins Steve Nash and Magic Johnson as the only point guards to win the award multiple times. There is a global, renewed excitement about the game of basketball because of SC30.
But in addition to coverage of his shooting technique and record-breaking success as a “small guy” on the hardwood, the headlines also tout his humble and kind nature and well-balanced life. Examples include: “Warriors’ Stephen Curry a superstar without the attitude,” “Stephen Curry: Family man, Everyman, NBA megastar,” and “Finally—Stephen Curry, the NCAA Dream Role Model.”
It’s almost impossible to separate the celebrity from the man, as Curry shares often about his commitment to faith and to his family—wife Ayesha and daughters Riley and Ryan. Today, his faith is as present and important as it was throughout his childhood, which is apparent by his shoes that have Philippians 4:13 scrawled on them and every time he points upward after making one of the long, high-arcing rainbow jump shots that have become his trademark.
“I am just trying to use this stage to share how God has been a blessing to my life and how He can be the same in everyone else’s,” he said.
Curry began on the Davidson stage, a place he loves and remains committed to because of the professors, the student athlete experience and, of course, the food at Vail Commons. During a fall 2015 surprise visit to campus, he took time to address students directly, encouraging them to work hard and realize the opportunities in front of them.
“I’ve talked to other guys who have been at other schools, and everybody has their experiences, but I think Davidson College is the top tier, and you’re here for a reason, so take advantage of it,” he said.
Bob McKillop, Davidson’s head men’s basketball coach, saw the potential in Curry long ago—as a talented athlete and also as the right fit for Davidson—and their strong relationship continues today. Their bond, rooted in the team’s Trust Commitment Care mantra, helped prepare the college superstar for remarkable, international fame.
“Steph brought such great joy to all of us at Davidson when he wore that Davidson uniform,” said McKillop. “As he’s moved to the NBA, he has not missed a beat. Joy is a part of every experience as you watch him play. He plays the game with joy, but he also lives his life with joy. It is rare to find someone who has reached the iconic status that he has and who still has such a balance between humility and confidence. Whatever role in life he plays—father, spouse, son, sibling, teammate, friend—there is a quest for excellence in every aspect of his life. One of my proudest moments was seeing his picture grace the cover of Parents magazine. He has remained consistently true to who he is and what he represents.”
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