Steph Curry helps to reestablish golf program at Howard University

NBA star and golf fanatic Stephen Curry is helping Howard University launch men’s and women’s golf programs with a seven-figure donation. The Golden State Warriors point guard announced the effort on Monday to help one of the country’s most prominent historically black universities re-establish its golf program for the the 2020-21 academic year. ‘This is going to go way beyond the game of golf, way beyond Howard,’ said Curry, a 31-year-old three-time NBA champion. ‘This is huge.’ The exact amount of Curry’s donation has not been disclosed, but the university announced it would be a six-year partnership. Sports apparel company Under Armour, which sponsors Curry and is based in nearby Baltimore, will provide the uniforms and golf club manufacturer Callaway will supply the equipment. The Washington Post reported that Curry’s donation was seven figures. A Division I golf program can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars per, year, but according to Howard President Wayne A.I. Frederick, the benefits outweigh those expenses. ‘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,’ Frederick said. Curry has long been known as a passionate golfer, but the idea of partnering with Howard didn’t start until January, when he went to the campus for a screening of the documentary ‘Emanuel.’ After watching the film – which chronicles the 2015 shooting of nine black worshippers at a church in South Carolina – Curry was approached by Howard student Otis Ferguson. The senior explained to Curry how he had been unsuccessfully trying to start up an official university golf team. Howard previously fielded a Division II golf team but that was discontinued. At a Monday news conference, Curry singled out Ferguson for applause and recalled their chance meeting.

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