Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry is the recipient of the “2013-14 Seasonlong Kia Community Assist Award” in recognition of his numerous charitable contributions, fundraising and remarkable generosity in the Bay Area and across the globe, the NBA announced today. The award recognizes the NBA player who best reflects the passion that the league and its players have for giving back to their communities.
With this honor, Curry’s charity of choice, ThanksUSA, will receive $25,000 from the NBA and Kia. ThanksUSA is a 501(c)(3) public charity that is committed to providing college, technical and vocational school need-based scholarships for the children and spouses of active-duty US military personnel. Since 2010, Curry has served as the national spokesperson for ThanksUSA and hosts an annual golf tournament in San Francisco in support of the organization.
“Giving back to the community and those in need is something that has always been close to my heart and I am so grateful to have the opportunity to touch people’s lives and hopefully impact them in a positive way,” said Curry. “I also want to thank the NBA and Kia for donating $25,000 to ThanksUSA to further help their mission of providing education for family members of active-duty US military personnel.”
Curry was selected as the “2013-14 Seasonlong Kia Community Assist Award” winner by a distinguished panel of NBA judges and fans. Fan voting took place from April 21 – May 5 on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
In addition to his work with ThanksUSA, Curry assisted in the distribution of 38,000 bed nets in Tanzania during the 2013 offseason with the Nothing But Nets campaign. In conjunction with his second annual “Three for Three Challenge,” Curry helped raise money for Nothing But Nets and the fight against malaria in Africa by donating three life-saving bed nets for every three-pointer he made during the 2013-14 season. In addition, Curry also hosted a four day overnight camp for 120 youth; launched the inaugural Splash Brothers Basketball Clinic with Warriors guard Klay Thompson; wished patients at Children’s Hospital a speedy recovery; helped dedicate a Reading & Learning Center in Beijing, China; fulfilled the dreams of a Make-a-Wish youth; fed over 400 Bay Area families in need with Feed The Children; hosted a Get Fit Hoops & Health Clinic during NBA FIT Live Healthy Week for over 250 youth; and participated in this year’s 2014 NBA Cares Day of Service in New Orleans, LA. In addition, at each Warriors home game during the regular season, Curry donated 15 tickets to underserved youth and made it a point to connect with fans.
Kia Motors has been an NBA Cares partner since 2010 and a partner of the Golden State Warriors since the 2011-12 season. In addition to the Seasonlong Kia Community Assist Award, the league presents the Kia Community Assist Award monthly throughout the season to recognize players for their charitable efforts, which Curry won in January.