January 10, 2011
Stephen Curry Named To Dream Team of Public Service
Warriors Guard Among 10 Finalists For Prestigious Jefferson Awards

Stephen Curry recently joined forces with teammate Monta Ellis and Feed The Children to provide food boxes for more than 800 Bay Area families in need.
Ronnie Lott, NFL Hall of Famer and founder of All Stars Helping Kids, today announced that Stephen Curry is one of ten “Dream Team For Public Service” finalists. The Warriros guard was chosen from a pool of 36 nominees selected for the Jefferson Awards for Public Service. The awards seek to honor athletes who display an exemplary commitment to service in their community. Curry and the other finalists will be officially recognized at All Stars Helping Kids’ annual Sports, Business & Philanthropy Breakfast in the Bay Area on March 14th, 2011. View All Finalists

Over the next two months, each of the finalists will have the opportunity to raise money for the charity of their choice through a text-to-donate campaign. All Stars Helping Kids will award matching funds up to $2,500 for each finalist. Curry's fund-raising efforts will benefit the Ada Jenkins Center. To learn about each finalist and their beneficiary organizations, please visit the All Stars Helping website at http://www.allstarshelpingkids.org/teammates/index2011.html.

The two award recipients will be announced in the spring and will have the opportunity to attend the Jefferson Awards National Banquet in our nation’s capitol on June 21st, 2011 Past recipients of Jefferson Awards for Public Service include, Oprah Winfrey, Colin Powell, Lance Armstrong and Bill and Melinda Gates.

In the fall of 2010, The Jefferson Awards and All Stars issued a call to service, encouraging teams to nominate community oriented athletes and asking fans to show their support by helping to select the winners. Voting was conducted both online and via text message, with over 64,000 casting their vote for one of the 36 nominees.

“These champions represent a wide swath of success both on and off the playing field, and we are very excited to be able to honor this group,” Lott said. “The real winners in this process are the millions of people that all these athletes have assisted in community service. It is an honor for us to recognize this group and assist all of them in their very noble endeavors.”

“It is a pleasure to recognize these ten outstanding athletes and we are excited for them join us in Washington for the national ceremony,” said Sam Beard, founder of the Jefferson Awards for Public Service. “Many times we forget that elite athletes from so many different walks of life are using their stature to make an impact, and this group is a great cross-sampling of what is being done in so many sports to impact the lives of others. They are all leaders and champions in their own ways, and we are proud to salute them all.”

Jefferson Award Finalists for Outstanding Service by an Athlete

(To make a $5 donation to the charity of the athlete’s choice, text the code below to 50555)

Name

Team

Code
Drew Brees
New Orleans Saints
BREES
Tamika Catchings
Indiana Fever
CATCH
Stephen Curry
Golden State Warriors
CURRY
Brad Davis
Houston Dynamo
DAVIS
Warrick Dunn
Atlanta Falcons (R)
DUNN
Ernie Els
PGA
ELS
Ryan Hall
US Track & Field
HALL
Paul Pierce
Boston Celtics
PIERCE
CC Sabathia
New York Yankees
SABATHIA
Brian Westbrook
San Francisco 49ers
WEST


About All Stars Helping Kids
Since 1989, All Stars Helping Kids has been a galvanizing force and vehicle for individuals and corporate partners to invest in the future of children in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. All Stars Helping Kids’ mission is to promote a safe, healthy, rigorous learning environment for disadvantaged children in low-income communities.

About the Jefferson Awards for Public Service
The Jefferson Awards for Public Service is a prestigious national recognition system honoring community and public service in America. The Jefferson Awards were established in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, U.S. Senator Robert Taft, Jr. and Sam Beard to establish a Nobel Prize for public service. Today, their primary purpose is to serve as a "Call to Action for Volunteers" in local communities.