On the court, Stephen Curry is known as a fierce competitor, being a team leader and doing whatever it takes for his team to win.
But off the court, the Golden State Warriors’ superstar is just as passionate when it comes to helping others. Curry was honored for his work in the community when he was awarded with the NBA Kia Community Assist Seasonlong Award for the 2013-2014 season.
The award, according to the league, goes to the player “who best reflects the passion that the league and its players have for giving back to their communities.”
Curry has definitely done that. Case in point, Curry and ESPN columnist Rick Reilly joined forces for the “Nothing But Nets” campaign to fight malaria in Africa. Curry went to Tanzania last summer, as chronicled in Reilly’s column, to hand out mosquito nets and touch the lives of hundreds of children. This past season, Curry took the “Three for Three Challenge,” donating three nets for every three-pointer he made during the season.
For winning the award, ThanksUSA, Curry’s charity of choice, will be given a $25,000 donation from the NBA and Kia Motors.
Often these days, we see athletes who abuse their money and get themselves embroiled in controversies. It’s so refreshing to see a superstar like Curry using his freetime and money to actually help others and benefit society.