Golden State Warriors basketball player Steph Curry teamed up with Liberty University and the “Kick’n It” foundation to raise awareness and collect 20,000 shoes for children in the Republic of the Congo last week.
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The NBA player made the announcement at the University’s convocation ceremony and spoke with the college basketball team about how to make the most of all the opportunities that are presented to them and the importance of working hard.
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Saying to players,“Before all this NBA hoopla, from my journey coming from a small school like Davidson, I had the same kind of look that you all have in your eyes right now.”
“(I was) Just hyped to play and ready to go.It’s an amazing opportunity to do it and do it together. Because every single one of you has a role and a part of your success…Have fun doing what you’re doing, and just enjoy it.”
After the short speech to players, Curry talked about the importance of donating.
Local news station WSLS10 reported that the basketball player is helping to secure large donations like his basketball sponsor, Under Armor. The athletic brand donated 1,000 pairs of children’s shoes in honor of the athlete’s efforts.
The inspirational campaign started several months ago after Liberty Union graduate student Emmanuel Ntibonera’s expressed his desire to donate 30,000 pairs of shoes to his home country, the Republic of the Congo.
To make Ntibonera’s dream possible, the school worked with the organization started by Ntibonera and Curry’s friend Chris Strachan.
As of March 6th, the event helped raise 10,000 shoes for the African children who are in need.
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