Steph Curry describes the fulfilled promise of graduating from Davidson College
Steph Curry is not one to break promises.
The Warriors legend proved it to be true when he scored his wish in 2009 that a troubled Golden State team would “understand this thing.”
Fast forward nearly 13 years and three NBA championships later, and it’s clear that when Curry says something, he means it.
So when the two-time NBA MVP decided to give up his final semester at Davidson College to prepare for the 2009 NBA Draft, he promised his mother Sonya and coach Bob McKillop that he would one day complete his studies and, just like his tweet, has officially delivered on the guarantee more than a decade later.
“It’s a long time coming, obviously,” Curry told reporters on Monday, speaking for the first time since earning his bachelor of arts degree in sociology from Davidson on Sunday. “Since I left campus, it was a goal to finish. Equally obviously a sense of accomplishment, but a promise I made to my mom and coach McKillop when I left after my junior year, so that’s pretty special.
Curry re-enrolled at Davidson this spring and finished school amid a grueling NBA season that saw him return from an ankle injury just in time for the playoffs.
That’s right — between practices, games and press conferences while leading Golden State to its sixth Western Conference Finals appearance in eight seasons, Curry was hitting the books to deliver on another promise.
He couldn’t attend the graduation ceremony in person, but must have laughed at the Steph Curry Fathead displayed at the start in his honor and included in photos that will be remembered for years to come.
“Coach throws a party at his house across from campus every year for all the senior grads, and they got a class photo this year and them holding the picture of me in front,” Curry said. “I didn’t get to experience that in 2010, so that was cool.”
And what better way to earn a degree all these years later than by writing her thesis on a subject close to her heart: advancing gender equity through sport.
Following Kobe Bryant’s passing in 2020, Curry took over as WNBA champion and has grown close to fellow Bay Area star Sabrina Ionescu as she works to develop the women’s game.
As the father of two young daughters who share his love for basketball, it’s no wonder Curry was able to develop such an important subject on his way to graduation.
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“I have to analyze some of the things I’ve done since leaving school and apply a sociological lens to it, and understand how many people are promoting gender equity through their voice, their platform, their financial investments and their time,” Curry said Monday.
With the added distinction of a college degree now under his belt, Curry is certain to continue promoting gender equity through sport as he fulfills an unspoken promise to his children.
Plus, a college-educated guard on the court can’t hurt as the Warriors prepare for the Western Conference Finals against the Dallas Mavericks at Chase Center on Wednesday.
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