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Curry Reestablishes Howard’s Golf Program | Mound City NorthStar

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Curry Reestablishes Howard’s Golf Program

Stephen Curry made a million dollar donation to restart Howard University's golf program.

NBA star Stephen Curry made a million dollar donation to restart Howard University’s golf program.

By Free Radical

Further dipping his toes in the realm of philanthropy, NBA superstar Stephen Curry made a significant donation to Howard University which will revamp its golf program. Though an exact amount was not revealed, the Washington Post reveals the contribution is at least $1 million over the next six years.

Under Armour, who Curry has a sponsorship deal with, will provide clothing for the golf teams. Golf merchandise company Callaway will provide equipment. It is believed that after this period Howard will be able to develop an endowment fund that will pay for the program.

The decision to fund the program stemmed from another outreach effort taken on by Curry. This year he executive produced Emanuel, a documentary on the 2015 massacre of parishioners at Charleston, South Carolina’s Emanuel AME Church in 2015. At a screening of the film at Howard’s Washington D.C. campus, Otis Ferguson, a college junior and golf enthusiast engaged Curry about their shared love for the sport. Ferguson told Curry about his failed attempts to start a golf team at the school.

“To hear somebody as passionate about the game as I was, all the while still pursuing their education at Howard … impacted me,” Curry said.

That chance conversation eventually resulted in Curry’s donation which by the 2020-2021 school year will pay for a coach and three scholarship athletes, two women and one man. Competing in the Division I, Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, Howard will be one of the few HBCUs, almost 30 out of about 100, that have golf programs. Such programs are traditionally expensive to run. HBCUS, often times with limited resources, focus on sports better positioned to generate revenue such as football and basketball.

The lack of golfing programs not only males a university’s athletic programs less diverse, but it also disadvantages students who can leverage their golf skills in the professional world. “It’s a big opportunity for us to expose students to a game that oftentimes is played as business deals are decided and a game that generations of families can play together,” Howard University President Wayne A.I. Frederick said.

Curry also intends to make his program an instrument to enhance diversity in the world of golf. “I just think about how many kids, especially from underserved communities, have the talent to play but just don’t have the funds or the resources,” Curry said.

This lesson of giving back will be impressed upon the student athletes who participate in Howard’s golf program. All will be required to volunteer for Curry and his wife Ayesha’s “Eat.Learn.Play.” program which promotes the healthy development of children.

“It’s significant. That’s the argument I’ve been trying to make since I assumed the presidency,” said Frederick. “This is one of America’s best investments. HBCUs, the return on the investment has been incredible for the country.”

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