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Steph Curry Announces High School Basketball Tour For Overlooked Prospects

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Would you believe that before he became a basketball superstar and arguably one of the best shooters in the NBA, Steph Curry was a kid from Akron, Ohio who was overlooked by major college basketball programs, which included his father’s Alma Mater, Virginia Tech?

According to Forbes, Virginia Tech only offered Curry a chance as a walk-on player. Ultimately, the Charlotte Christian School senior enrolled at Davidson College, a small liberal arts institution with just 1,800-student enrollment.

In an article published on The Players’ Tribune, Curry announced his plan to launch a new basketball camp for overlooked prospects called The Underrated Tour, which is open to all high school players with a three-star ranking or lower.

“It basically goes like this,” says Steph Curry. “You’ve got all of these camps out there, right? All these basketball camps, across the country, around the world. And it’s great, man. It’s special. Those camps are how a lot of NBA guys originally made names for themselves. And we should keep that going! But there’s another thing about these camps I’ve been thinking about. And it’s how, if you take a closer look, you’ll see that it’s the same, exclusive group of kids participating in them, over and over. It’s these same four or five-star recruits, players every scout already knows, going from city to city, camp to camp.”

The Underrated Tour will provide the opportunity for players to develop their skills and gain national exposure. Steph Curry created this program with the overlooked and underestimated players in mind, an experience that he knows all too well.

“And I guess I just got to thinking about how, you know — taking nothing away from those kids, those blue-chip prospects. But what about all the other kids?” he continued. “What about the kids who, for one reason or another, because of one perceived shortcoming or another, are getting labeled as two or three-star recruits? Now I’m not saying those kids need to be at every camp. (Honestly, man, no one does.) But if we have it set up so those kids can’t get invites to any camp? Then I think we’ve got a problem. Because then I think we’re putting kids — kids who love to hoop, and who should be out there exploring that love — in a situation where a bunch of limits are being placed on them by other people. A situation where the limits of what they can accomplish are being put in place before they’ve gotten to test those limits for themselves.”

“This is Stephen’s brainchild and predicated on who he is and his experiences. It is personal to him because it is so reflective of his story,” says Jeron Smith, the former Nike executive, who serves as Steph Curry’s business partner and chief marketing officer of his company, SC30 Inc.

The Underrated Tour will begin in Los Angeles on January 19 with six more stops planned through March in cities across the United States. Camps will include instruction on basketball fundamentals, special guests and lessons on collegiate needs and NCAA eligibility.

Steph Curry Commits To Inclusivity of Women In Sneaker Culture After Letter From 9-Year-Old Fan

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Steph Curry has made a commitment to be inclusive of women in the sneaker culture following a letter written by a 9-year-old fan. Riley Morrison expressed her frustration to the Golden State Warriors’ point guard regarding the lack of Curry 5 sneakers in the “Girls” section of the Under Armour website.

Dear Steph Curry,

My name is Riley (just like your daughter). I’m 9-years-old from Napa, California. I am a big fan of yours. I enjoy going to Warriors games with my dad. I asked my dad to buy me the new Curry 5’s, because I’m starting a new basketball season. My dad and I visited the Under Armour website and were disappointed to see that there were no Curry 5’s for sale under the Girls section. However, they did have them for sale under the boys section, even to customize. I know you support girl athletes because you have two daughters and you host an all girls basketball camp. I hope you can work with Under Armour to change this because girls want to rock the Curry 5’s too.

Sincerely,
Riley Morrison

In his response to Riley, Steph Curry mentioned that he’d spent the last couple of days speaking with Under Armour about how they can correct the issue.

“I appreciate your concern and have spent the last couple of days talking to Under Armour about how we can fix the issue,” Curry writes. “Unfortunately, we have labeled smaller sizes as “boys” on the website. We are correcting this now! I want to make sure you can wear my kicks proudly – so I am going to send you a pair of Curry 5’s now and you’ll be one of the first kids to get the Curry 6.”

Steph followed through with his promise to the 9-year-old basketball player as the video below shows her opening the Curry 5 and Curry 6 sneakers on Christmas morning. In his letter to Riley, Curry also revealed that “something special” is in the works for International Women’s Day on March 8th.

BET caught up with the NBA star, who spoke on how he found out about Riley’s letter and why it was important to him to address her concerns.

“I woke up on a random Tuesday and got about 10 to 12 text messages from family and friends who had saw the letter on social media cause I hadn’t seen it on Twitter,” he said. “And they were making sure that I was aware and read the letter about her experience trying to find he Curry 5’s. I wanted to respond immediately, because I felt a certain type of way and was disappointed and knew I had to address it, but what I didn’t want to do was over promise and under deliver in terms of what we could do about the issue, so I called my team that afternoon and was like, ‘What can we do about this?’”

He continued:

“We called Under Armour and the team internally there to figure out what we could actually do to make a difference for the girls in Riley’s situation who were going onto the website and looking in the Girls section and can’t find the product. It took two days to really plan out how we could address it, and once we realized what we could do about it, since she put a lot of time in writing that letter to me, I wanted to write her one back. So I did it on the bus to Toronto when we played the Raptors to make sure she knew that we were taking this serious and that she should expect some kicks coming her way for making us better and helping us out with something we needed to address.”

For the Curry 6’s “Christmas in the Town” colorway kicks, Steph enlisted the help of youth from Oakland-based Fly Boys Couture Club (FBCC) Kids, a class dedicated to teaching children aspiring to join the world of sneaker fashion and design. As a man of his word, the Curry 6’s are now sold in the “Girls” section of the Under Armour website but are SOLD OUT. You will also find the Curry 5’s.

Be on the lookout for Steph Curry’s Fox Theater ($130) sneaker dropping Jan 4th on Underarmour.com.

Steph Curry Helps Raise More Than $21,000 For The Family of Nia Wilson

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Before a showcase game on Tuesday (August 7), NBA star Steph Curry spoke about the 18-year-old recent high school graduate. The showcase game, held for young Bay Area athletes at the Kezar Pavilion in San Francisco, was live-streamed on Curry’s Facebook page, where he encouraged his audience to donate to Wilson’s family.

“Everybody who’s watching at home on the live stream on Facebook, please hit the ‘Donate’ button,” Curry said. “Everything that is donated today — all the proceeds 100 percent — will go to Nia Wilson’s family.”

Steph Curry was able to help raise more than $21,000 for the Wilson family.

Nia and her sister were traveling on a Bay Area Rapid Transit train when a man with a knife brutally attacked them, killing Nia. A white male by the name of John Lee Cowell was quickly identified after the Sunday night attack from surveillance videos and was arrested aboard another BART train Monday evening after an anonymous tip, BART police Chief Carlos Rojas said at a news conference.

Although police and prosecutors have not formally said that race played a role in the killing of Wilson, many are certain that this was a racially motivated attack.

Golden State Warriors To Visit With Local Kids, Not White House During Visit To Nation’s Capital

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Current President of the United States, Donald Trump, is known to air out personal, private and political greievances on Twitter. One of his recent most infamous rants took aim at the Golden State Warriors whom he uninvited from their potential White House invitation. The Warriors will visit the Washington D.C. and use this trip to spread some joy to the local community.

This decision was made by the team to spend the day with local youth says head coach Steve Kerr.

“It’s their championship. They got disinvited to the White House, so it’s up to them what they wanted to do. So they made their plans. I want the players to have a good day and to do somehting positive and to enjoy what they’re doing.” said Steve Kerr to ESPN.

A trip to the White House is standard for the country’s reigning NBA championship team, yet Donald Trump disaproved of some of the star players comments on his practices. Both Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant have spoken out and against Trump’s divisive actions.  Trump used social media to let the Golden State Warriors know they were not welcome.

The Mayor of D.C. Muriel Bowser and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi extended invitations to the Warriors yet the team chose to not take a political route.

“At the end of the day, it’s about us celebrating the trampionship, so there’s no point in getting into the political stuff and all that.” says Warriors forward Draymond Green to ESPN.

The visit will only consist of players, coaches and students. The Golden State Warriors will also take on the Washington Wizards February 28 during their time in the nation’s capital.

Steph Curry & Brita Launch ‘Filtered Life’ Campaign To Combat Bullying & Hate

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One of the biggest issues in society, especially with younger people, is the amount of bullying that takes place on a daily basis. The number of bullying cases has exponentially grown over the years and enough is finally enough.

NBA superstar Steph Curry and one of his loyal endorsers, Brita (the water filter company) have started a new campaign deemed #FilteredLife with a goal of ending bullying and hate in general.

Earlier this week, they released a powerful awareness video encouraging folks to end this epidemic immediately.

We urge every reader to help bring an end to this widespread issue of bullying. It’s hindering us as a society, and it’s extremely detrimental. Join Steph, Brita and the thousands of others helping the cause.

Black History Month Appreciation (Day 9): The Curry’s

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We’re back with day 9 of our #LiveCivilBHM series, where each day of this year’s Black History Month, we pay homage to a black man or woman (or family) who we admire. Today, we put the spotlight on an amazing family we’ve all grown to love — The Curry’s.

Golden State Warriors shooting guard Steph Curry is deemed one of the best, if not the best, basketball player currently playing in the NBA. His humble attitude on and off the court and his happy-go-lucky mentality has catapulted Steph from a Davidson University prospect — who may or may not make it to the big leagues — into an NBA champion, an MVP, and is now being called the best shooter in the history of the game by many.

What’s there not to like about Steph?

His wife Ayesha and their adorable daughter Riley stole our hearts during the 2015 NBA Playoffs run, when Riley joined Steph during a post-game press conference. Wanting to spend time with her very busy dad, Riley made her presence known by singing Big Sean’s “Blessings” into the mic, telling her dad to quiet down while he was talking and a slew of other hilarious moments we sadly left behind in 2015.

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Then, soon after the Warriors won the NBA championship, Steph and Ayesha welcomed their 2nd baby girl into the world, Ryan.

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As you can see in the photo above, Riley is already assuming her role as big sister in a great way.

With Steph Curry (and the Warriors) on pace to make history this NBA season, we can safely say it’s his family’s support that keeps him going day in and day out. As Kevin Durant told his mother during his 2014 MVP acceptance speech: Steph, Ayesha, Riley & Ryan — you guys are the real MVPs.

Catch up on our other #LiveCivilBHM spotlights here. Happy Black History Month!