Howard University is bringing back its Division I golf program for both men and women, and it’s doing so thanks to NBA superstar Stephen Curry. Curry, the Golden State Warriors’ guard who went to Davidson for his college career, has a well-known passion for golf when he isn’t playing basketball. With his generous donation, he can help support a historically black college break into a sport that is notoriously struggling in terms of diversity.
The notable donation
The inspiration behind the donation came after Stephen Curry screened a documentary he produced, Emanuel, to students at Howard. The students got to speaking with Curry about their love of golf, which inspired him to use his money to help bring back a dead program. Although Curry’s passion and profession are basketball, Curry is often seen on the golf course during various tournaments during the offseason.
“Golf is a sport that has changed my life in ways that are less tangible, but just as impactful,” Curry said, per CNN. “It’s a discipline that challenges your mental wherewithal from patience to focus, and is impossible to truly master.”
The donation, at least to start with, will cover six years of the new program. Howard President Wayne A.I. Frederick announced the gift and grabbed a club for a symbolic tee-off at the Langston Golf Course in Washington. By using his deep pockets, perhaps Curry can help develop the golf program to have more success than HBCUs typically have in golf.
Stephen Curry has some money to spare
Stephen Curry has made lots of money as an NBA star, but for a player of his stature in the overall culture of basketball, people may be surprised to find out that it wasn’t until the 2017-18 season that Curry was making maximum money. Curry’s initial years in the NBA showed promise, but his inability to stay on the court due to injuries worried some fans.
Over the next four seasons, however, he is set to make more money than he has in his career up to this point, and by the end of the 2021-22, he will have just under $300M in career earnings. While his current commitment lasts for six years, it’s possible Stephen Curry can afford to fund it much longer, if he so desires.
Steph’s upbringing and career
Steph Curry wasn’t a story of a player coming out of poverty to make it in the NBA. His father, Dell, was an NBA player. Instead of getting his practice in on the playgrounds at his school, Steph was playing one-on-one with NBA stars like Vince Carter when he was only ten years old. With this kind of training, it may not be surprising that he is one of the hardest players to guard.
His current stretch is one of the most historic runs in the history of the NBA. With three rings, an MVP, 2,483 three-pointers, and five-straight trips to the NBA Finals, it’s safe to say that his upbringing helped. Curry will have to put up with more challenges this year. Superstar teammate Kevin Durant left for Brooklyn and his fellow Splash Brother, Klay Thompson, will likely miss a large chunk of the season.
With fellow All-Star D’Angelo Russell playing by his side as well as the vocal leadership of Draymond Green, he will have some help. The Warriors will be missing much of the depth, however, and it could be one of his greatest challenges.
In a world where athletes often make headlines for the wrong reasons, it is refreshing to see players like Stephen Curry and LeBron James make them for doing something good. Athletes are measured by what they do on the field, but sometimes the good they do off of it is having an impact that stretches further than anything they’ve done athletically. Who knows, maybe Curry’s donation will lead to golf’s next big superstar having a chance.