Over 50 Bushrod Park summer camp participants received free Under Armour gear from Golden State Warrior Stephen Curry (Inset) and his wife, Ayesha Curry. Photo by Tanya Dennis.
Last October, Golden State Warrior Stephen Curry’s family foundation partnered with Under Armour and Chase bank to refurbish the inside of Bushrod Park’s gym and outside courts in North Oakland. Monday they returned to add a computer lab.
Curry has a long and illustrious reputation for giving back to the community and world at-large. In 2013-14 Curry won the Kia Community Assist Award, an award that reflects the basketball player with the most dedication to the game and to the community.
His generosity is worldwide. Curry dedicated a reading & learning center in China, and is noted for his extensive work fighting malaria at the Nyarugusu refugee camp in Tanzania, where he helped distribute 38,000 bed nets to families.
Curry is also the national spokesman for ThanksUSA, a national nonprofit that provides college, technical and vocational school need-based scholarships for children and spouses of active duty US military personnel. Curry’s efforts have provided children and spouses with 39 scholarships totaling $117,000.
Curry also hosts an annual ThanksUSA golf tournament to raise funds for underserved communities. Three years ago, he launched the Stephen Curry Overnight Camp at Stevenson School in Pebble Beach for 120 youths.
In addition, Curry brought the Splash Brothers Parent-Child Fantasy Basketball Clinic to the Warriors practice facility, where kids received one-on-one instruction from Curry and Warrior teammates. As a member of the NBA/WNBA FIT Team, Curry has hosted Get Fit Hoops & Health Clinics during NBA FIT Live Healthy Week for youth.
Curry also works with the Make-A-Wish Foundation by visiting patients at the Children’s Hospital in Oakland, and has provided meals to more than 400 underserved families in partnership with Feed The Children. In addition, Curry brings hundreds of kids to Golden State Warrior home games for free, to sit in “Curry’s Corner.”
Monday, approximately 50 kids were dressed from head to toe in Under Armour gear, generously donated by Stephan Curry and his wife Ayesha.
“Steph Curry knows how to reach kids, he knows how to inspire them to learn about things beyond sports and aspire to be more. Curry invests the time and resources to provide kids real-life experiences and that’s what he’s doing with this lab,” said City Councilmember Dan Kalb.
Jill Heath, Director of the Curry Family Foundation said that “learning sportsmanship while being provided computers and state-of-the-art technology assures that you can become the best you can be. That’s why JP Morgan Chase, and Under Armour have joined with Step Curry to provide this education lab.”
“With the assistance of Chase and Under Armour we have made Bushrod the best gym in Oakland,” Curry said.
After the official computer lab ribbon-cutting ceremony, Curry returned to the gym and participated in teaching participants of Bushrod’s summer camp program basketball drills and techniques.