NBA champion Steph Curry has garnered attention for making inroads for Black people in golf, and now he’s being honored for it.
According to ESPN, Curry will receive the Charlie Sifford Award for advancing diversity in golf.
Two years ago, he created an initiative called Underrated Golf, which is committed to providing equity, access and opportunity to high school athletes from all communities.
In addition to this effort, Curry has funded the Howard University golf team for six years, which has enabled them to compete at the Division I level. Before his help, the prominent HBCU had not had a golf team since the 1970s.
“To show you the mark of a man, when (Curry) was hurt during the NBA season last year, he was walking in a boot, got in a cart and followed the team when we were playing out at Stanford, Howard University Golf team coach Sam Puryear said during an interview with USA Today Sports. “Most people, 99% of the people would never do that. Some people are comfortable with signing a check. He’s comfortable touching a life. To me, that speaks volumes.”
Curry will receive the Charlie Sifford Award at the World Golf Hall of Fame ceremony at Pinehurst, North Carolina, on June 10, the Monday before the U.S. Open.
“I’m incredibly honored to be chosen as the recipient of this year’s Charlie Sifford Award and am grateful to the World Golf Hall of Fame for the recognition in this sport that I am so passionate about, Curry said, according to ESPN. “I believe that we have the opportunity to grow the game of golf by providing equity, access and opportunity to young golfers who have that same passion, dedication and determination as so many of us on the green.”
Howard University won its second-consecutive Division I HBCU golf title in May.
In August, ESPN premiered Why Not Us: Howard Golf, an eight-part documentary that chronicles the respective journey of the men’s and women’s golf teams and their road to glory.