Stephen and Ayesha Curry Launch Initiative to Support the Women Athletes at His Alma Mater Davidson College
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Stephen Curry helps women’s sports make progress towards equality.
On Thursday, the 33-year-old NBA player announced that he and his wife, Ayesha Curry, are the creation of Curry Family Women’s Athletics Initiative at his alma mater, Davidson College, in North Carolina. The Golden State Warriors star said the initiative “will aim to help close the inequality gap in women’s sports” as the couple donates to the school and encourages others to do the same.
“Davidson College is where it all started for me, and it has undoubtedly prepared me for leadership and service. I am eternally grateful for the unwavering support of the entire Davidson community,” the father of three said in a video on social media.
“The reason I am who I am now is also because of strong, powerful women who have been poured into my life all these years,” he continued, noting that the initiative is “coming home” because of his daughters, Riley, 9 and 6-year-old Ryan. Stephen and Ayesha are also parents to 3-year-old son Canon.
“Now, as a father of two girls, I want them to grow up without any limits to their future,” said the athlete.
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The Davidson alum went on to discuss the impact of Title IX, created in 1972 to ensure equal opportunities for women as their male counterparts. In his video message, Curry emphasized that there is still “a long way to go” toward equality.
Stephen and Ayesha’s donation will focus on improving the 10 women’s programs and more than 200 female student athletes at Davidson. “By providing access to additional resources and creating more opportunities for women, we hope to elevate, empower and promote a nonpartisan society that leads to a better world,” he concluded.
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Following the announcement, Davidson’s athletic director Chris Clunie . said released a statement praised the Curry family for their support.
“The Curry’s gift and vision provide an unprecedented push forward for Davidson Athletics and our exceptional scholar-athletes,” said Clunie. “This gift and additional support from the initiative will increase our competitiveness and open up our educational and athletic experiences to more young women. In addition to Davidson, the Currys are sending an important message about addressing the broad inequalities in women’s athletics and the importance of unlocking opportunities today and in the future. Davidson wants to lead the way and build solutions to these problems on our own campus.”
Davidson College President Carol E. Quillen added, “Stephen and his family exemplify Davidson’s core values, and this gift is another extraordinary example of how their creativity, drive and beliefs serve the common good.”
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Quillen continued her pronunciation“Our scholar-athletes are incredible people, balancing high-level competition with high-level academics, and they leave Davidson ready to make a difference in the world. This gift will go a very long way, both at Davidson as for college athletics. We are deeply grateful for the Curry family’s dedication to our programs and to this critical, national conversation.”
The two-time NBA MVP played basketball for Davidson from 2006 to 2009 and was a key player in the team’s Elite Eight appearance in the 2008 NCAA tournament — the school’s longest run since 1969. The following year, he was called up to the Warriors as the No. 7 overall pick, later won three NBA championships with the franchise.
Curry has made it a priority: prepay his success, who previously told PEOPLE that he is doing this to give his children “a vision of what they can be themselves”.
“They’re asking questions about where I stand and what I’m doing and it’s cool to tell them I’m trying to raise money for a very special program that is going to change lives,” he said in June. “Hopefully that means something to them now and can plant the seed of how, [and] when it’s their time, they can carry the torch and make an impact.”