Howard University Adding Golf Teams After Steph Curry Sponsorship
The three-time NBA champ is donating a seven-figure sum to the school
Like many historically black colleges and universities, Howard University doesn’t have a golf team. Thanks to Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry, now it will.
The three-time NBA champ is donating a seven-figure sum to the school in the hope that Howard will be able to establish an endowed fund which will make a long-term golf program at the school self-sustainable, according to The Washington Post.
Curry’s decision to make the donation, which will be paid out over six years, came after he spoke with a Howard student named Otis Ferguson in January. Ferguson told Curry he loved golf but had turned down an offer to play collegiately so he could attend Howard.
“To hear somebody as passionate about the game as I was, all the while still pursuing their education at Howard … impacted me,” Curry told The Post. “I was blessed at a young age that we could afford to play. I just think about how many kids, especially from underserved communities, have the talent to play but just don’t have the funds or the resources.”
To take part in the golf program, student-athletes will also agree to volunteer with Curry’s Eat. Learn. Play. health foundation.
Howard did have a Division II golf team at some point but the program was discontinued in the 1970s. The new program will be the first Division I golf program in the university’s 152-year history.
“It’s a big opportunity for us to expose students to a game that oftentimes is played as business deals are decided and a game that generations of families can play together,” said Howard president Wayne A.I. Frederick.
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