NBA’s Steph Curry Helps Howard University Start Division I Golf Team

NBA’s Steph Curry Helps Howard University Start Division I Golf Team

Howard University President Wayne Frederick, left, and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, center, pose for photographs with Howard student caddies before teeing off together at Langston Golf Course in Washington, Monday, Aug. 19, 2019, following a news conference where Curry announced that he would be sponsoring the creation of men’s and women’s golf teams at Howard University. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

NBA star Stephen Curry is helping Howard University relaunch its golf program — and the partnership all happened by chance.

In January Curry visited the HBCU for a screening of the documentary “Emanuel,” which about the 2015 shooting of nine Black worshippers at a church in South Carolina. After the screening, Curry was approached by Howard senior Otis Ferguson, who explained to Curry how he had been unsuccessfully trying to start up an official university golf team. Prior to its golf team being discontinued, Howard fielded a Division II golf team.

Curry, a two-time NBA MVP, decided to help Howard re-establish a golf program. Although the amount of his donation was not disclosed, it will allow Howard to launch Division I women’s and men’s teams for the 2020-21 academic year. “Sports apparel company Under Armour, which sponsors Curry and is based in nearby Baltimore, will provide the uniforms and golf club manufacturer Callaway will supply the equipment,” AP News reported. 

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“Golf is a sport that has changed my life in ways that are less tangible, but just as impactful,” Curry, an avid golfer, said in a release. “It’s a discipline that challenges your mental wherewithal from patience to focus, and is impossible to truly master…I feel really honored to play a small role in the rich history of Howard University, and look forward to building their first men’s and women’s golf teams with them.”

Curry, who has won three NBA championships with the Golden State Warriors, has agreed to a six-year partnership with university. “I’m going to be following every part of the journey as we go into next year when the team takes the course for the first time,” Curry, 31, said. “This is going to go way beyond the game of golf, way beyond Howard. This is huge.”

Golf has been overlooked that many HBCU while basketball and football have thrived.

“Golf programs at historically Black colleges and universities are generally underdeveloped, and some schools have even had to scrap their teams in the face of financial hardship. According to a 2018 report from ESPN’s The Undefeated, even when the teams are successful, black men and women are often statistically underrepresented on their rosters,” CNN reported.