Posted May 28, 2014 1:27 PM
NEW YORK -- Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry won the 2013-14 Kia Community Assist Seasonlong Award in recognition of his remarkable charitable contributions, fundraising and generosity in the Bay Area and across the globe, the NBA announced today. The award recognizes an NBA player who best reflects the passion and dedication the league and its players have for giving back to their communities. An NBA panel of judges and fans voted last month and selected Curry as the winner.
Tomorrow at 10 a.m. PT, NBA Cares Ambassador Bob Lanier, ThanksUSA President & CEO Bob Okun and Kia representative Michelle Hurney will present Curry with the David Robinson Plaque during a press conference at the Warriors' practice facility. In addition, Kia and the NBA will donate $25,000 on Curry's behalf to ThanksUSA, which will provide eight collegiate scholarships to military families.
A 2014 NBA All-Star, Curry has gone above and beyond with his charitable efforts since his years at Davidson College. Serving as the national spokesman for ThanksUSA since 2010, Curry has worked extensively with this national nonprofit, including hosting the Stephen Curry ThanksUSA Charity Golf Tournament three years in a row. ThanksUSA provides college, technical and vocational school need-based scholarships for the children and spouses of active-duty US military personnel. As a direct result of Curry's efforts, ThanksUSA has awarded 39 scholarships to children and spouses of military families, totaling $117,000.
In July, Curry traveled to a Tanzanian refugee camp and assisted in the distribution of 38,000 mosquito bed nets with the United Nations Foundation's Nothing But Nets campaign to fight malaria. Once again, Curry hosted his "Three for Three Challenge," where he donated three life-saving bed nets for every three-pointer he made during the NBA season. This season, the challenge generated 783 bed nets when Curry led the NBA in three-pointers made for the second consecutive year with 261.
Curry launched his inaugural Stephen Curry Overnight Camp at Stevenson School in Pebble Beach for 120 youth. He also brought the first-ever Splash Brothers Parent-Child Fantasy Basketball Clinic to the Warriors practice facility, where kids received one-on-one instruction from Curry, teammate Klay Thompson and their respective fathers, Dell Curry and Mychal Thompson. As a member of this year's NBA/WNBA FIT Team, Curry hosted a Get Fit Hoops & Health Clinic during NBA FIT Live Healthy Week for more than 250 youth and participated in his first NBA Cares Day of Service in New Orleans.
Curry's seasonlong generosity included visiting patients at the Children's Hospital in Oakland, fulfilling the dream of a Make-A-Wish child, helping dedicate a Reading & Learning Center in China and providing meals to more than 400 underserved families in partnership with Feed The Children. Curry brought 645 youth to sit in Curry's Corner during Golden State Warriors home games and made time to sign autographs and pose for pictures with fans.
"I've been living in the Bay Area for the last five years and I call this place home," said Curry. "To be able to help support my community, particularly its youth and families in need is a very rewarding experience."
Curry was selected as the 2013-14 Kia Community Assist Seasonlong Award winner by fans and an NBA panel of judges, including past J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award winners and NBA Legends Bob Lanier and Dikembe Mutombo. Fans voted for Curry via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #KiaCommunityAssist.
Kia Motors has been an NBA Cares partner since 2010. In addition to the Kia Community Assist Seasonlong Award, the league presented the Kia Community Assist Award monthly throughout the season to recognize players for their charitable efforts.
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