Wardell Stephen Curry II is a professional NBA basketball player for the Golden State Warriors! He is considered by some to be the greatest shooter in NBA history. Steph holds the NCAA single season record for most consecutive games with a made three-pointer, which is currently 130. Curry won the 2015 Most Valuable Player award and is a three-time NBA all-star.
It is fascinating to see how amazing of a basketball player Steph Curry is. It brings me back to the days when I started playing basketball after my dad introduced me to the sport when I was 13. Playing basketball boosted my confidence and gave me a swagger I never knew I had. I was a shy kid, but on the court, I felt like I could do anything! While playing on my high school basketball team, I learned the fundamentals of leadership, teamwork, and humility. It is cool that my basketball jersey number was 03, so if I switched the numbers, it would be Steph Curry’s jersey number, 30. Despite his phenomenal success as a basketball player, he is much more than what he is portrayed on ESPN’s Sports Center. I decided to dive deeper into what kind of person he was outside of the basketball court, and these are the amazing fun facts I found out about Steph Curry!
He’s a Christian!
On his signature shoe, the Curry One, the lace top at the bottom of the tongue has “4:13” on it, which represents one of his favorite Bible verses, Philippians 4:13. It reads: “I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me.” When he makes a three pointer, he always pounds his chest and points to the sky thanking God for the wonderful gifts that he was born with. His heart chases God. Curry spoke about his faith during his MVP speech by saying, "People should know who I represent and why I am who I am, and that's because of my Lord and Savior."
He Has Superstar Genes!
Steph’s immediate family is composed of high level athletes. His father, Wardell Stephen Curry, played basketball for NBA teams Utah Jazz and Cleveland Cavaliers in the late 1980s, and during the rest of his career, he played for the Charlotte Hornets. His mother played volleyball for Virginia Tech during the 80’s. His brother, Seth Curry, is currently playing for the Sacramento Kings, and his sister, Sydel, currently plays volleyball at Elon University.
He Can Make Miraculous Shots Effortlessly!
Using an unorthodox jump shot, he is able to get the ball out of his hands in under half a second by releasing it on the way up, adding extra arc to his shot and making it difficult to block. He is also the fastest player in league history to make 1,000 career three-pointers!
He’s a Family Man!
In July 2011, Curry married his high school sweetheart Ayesha Alexander who he met in church when he was 15 years old. They have two young daughters, Riley and Ryan. After winning game four of the NBA Finals, he walked off the court and ran straight for his number one fan, Riley, and gave her a big kiss! How adorable! During his MVP speech, he got emotional talking about his father because he was his motivation to be as great as he is today and was grateful to him for being there for him through his whole journey to success.
He is a Big Fan of the Princess Diaries!
He used to watch it often with his younger sister, Sydel, and is quite adept at reciting the lines of the film. He probably watches the movie with his three-year-old daughter, Riley. I can only imagine the amazing movie nights he has with his children! Despite his busy schedule, it is sweet and endearing to know that he spends quality time with his family.
He is a Twitter Defender!
Many women don’t like how Ayesha dresses because she is conservative and covers up. When his wife Ayesha was being attacked on Twitter making comments about women who hardly wear clothes, Steph’s response was awe-inspiring. He posted an attractive pic of his woman on Instagram and tagged it, “the instagator.” He sent a clear message to Twitter bullies and supported his wife with a single picture.
He Shoots for Charity!
In 2012, Curry started donating three insecticide-treated mosquito nets for every three-pointer he made to the United Nations Foundation's Nothing But Nets campaign to combat malaria. In 2015, President Obama entrusted Curry to successfully deliver a five-minute speech to important political figures as part of Obama's launch of President’s Malaria Initiative strategy for 2015–2020. Who in the world does not want to be like Steph Curry?
Steph Curry is an inspiration to young black men everywhere. He proves to the world that anything is possible with God. He teaches young people out there that you have to work hard, be persistent, and love other people besides yourself. Fame can be used as a platform to help people all over the world. He shows people that they have to reach outside of themselves and help those in need. Steph Curry is a role model to all men who want to make a difference in the world, who have bigger dreams than their circumstances allow, and want to keep a steady head in the crazy world of NBA fame.