DAVIDSON – It’s obvious the Curry family has a passion for basketball. Stephen Curry is an NBA all-star and Davidson College legend. Brother Seth Curry’s a pro, too. Dad Dell Curry is a former Charlotte Hornets sharpshooter.
The Currys also have a passion for golf, at which they all excel.
But the family also is passionate about their community and on June 16 they gave back in a large way. Dell and Stephen hosted the Fourth Annual Curry Celebrity Classic Golf tournament at River Run Golf Club to benefit the Ada Jenkins Center.
The tournament included foursomes of one celebrity and three amateur players. In addition to the Currys, some of the celebrities participating were Al Wood (former NBA player), former NFL players Phil Crosby, Frank Garcia and Tim McKyer and Charlotte meteorologist Brad Panovich.
The tournament is a major fundraiser for the Ada Jenkins Center, but it’s a piece of Stephen Curry’s large charitable contributions. Last month, Curry won the NBA’s 2013-14 Kia Community Assist Seasonlong Award.
He’s been involved with the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign, which works to get anti-malaria nets to people in Africa. Curry, 26, also supports the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to terminally ill children. He supports another annual golf tournament that provides college scholarships to the children and spouses of active military personnel.
Several local businesses and individuals joined in to support the tournament and the Ada Jenkins Center.
The Ada Jenkins Center is a nonprofit health and human service agency providing more than 21 programs and services aimed at assisting individuals become healthier, better educated and economically self-sufficient. Their goal is to meet the immediate and long-term needs of those in need. The center’s multi-pronged approach promotes collaboration, encourages education, empowers individuals and strengthens our communities. It serves Huntersville, Cornelius, Davidson and southern Iredell County.
The community partners included ACN, Bojangles, Carlisle and Gallagher Consulting Group, Chiquita, G&W Equipment, Hendrick Automotive, Ivester Jackson Distinctive Properties and Mountain Stream Appraisal.
Stephen Curry said he has wanted to stay involved in the Davidson community. The idea of a golf tournament evolved a few years ago, and he wanted the proceeds to go to the Ada Jenkins Center, where he’d volunteered as a Davidson College student.
A mid-afternoon rain halted the tournament, but it didn’t dampen the fundraising. More than 120 golfers participated and tournament officials estimated that at least $70,000 was raised for the Ada Jenkins Center.