Stephen and Ayesha Curry are teaming up to create a scholarship endowment for women’s athletics at Stephen’s alma mater, Davidson College.
Davidson, where Stephen starred, has roughly 26 scholarships to disperse among over 200 female athletes on campus. Curry hopes to spur further giving from other alums and sponsors to continue to make strides for women’s sports through the newly established endowment.
Women’s equality, particularly as it relates to athletics, has become a more personal battle for Curry since becoming a father to young daughters (as well as a son). The family’s foundation Eat. Learn. Play. has worked to make strides in that arena, as has Stephen’s Underrated Tour.
He said in an Instagram video, “Davidson College is where it all started for me. It no doubt prepared me for leadership and service, and I am forever grateful for the unwavering support from the entire Davidson community.
“The reason I am who I am today is also because of strong, powerful women who have poured into my life all these years. Now, as the father of two girls I want them to grow up without any boundaries on their futures.”
Curry added, “Reports have shown that Division I athletic departments are spending twice as much on their men’s programs than on their women’s programs. That’s why Ayesha and I have made a gift in support of women’s sports at Davidson College.”
Davidson president Carol E. Quillen said in a statement, “Stephen and his family exemplify Davidson’s core values, and this gift is another extraordinary example of how their creativity, drive and convictions serve the common good.
“Our scholar-athletes are incredible people, balancing high-level competition with high-level academics, and they leave Davidson prepared to make a difference in the world. This gift will go a very long way, both at Davidson and for college athletics. We are deeply grateful for the Curry family’s commitment to our programs and to this critical, national conversation.”
Curry, 33, is headed into his 13th NBA season this fall. The Golden State Warriors star, a two-time MVP and three-time league champion, is coming off a season in which he averaged a career-high 32 points per game.