Community service has become an important component of the student experience at Davidson College, and for some students ties to local organizations don’t end when they leave. That’s certainly the case with Stephen Curry, the former Wildcat basketball star who now plays in the NBA.
Mr. Curry volunteered at Ada Jenkins Center on Davidson’s West Side while a student. He and his father, former NBA star Dell Curry, are sponsoring their 2nd annual Curry Celebrity Classic golf tournament at River Run Country Club on Monday, June 20, to benefit Ada Jenkins.
“Stephen volunteered there when he was at Davidson and he wants to stay involved there” Dell Curry said in a phone interview. The nonprofit Ada Jenkins Center provides a variety of health and social services to people in need in north Mecklenburg and south Iredell counties.
Stephen Curry was not available for an interview because he was recovering from surgery on his right ankle, which he underwent after the end of the season for his Golden State Warriors. That means he actually won’t be playing in this year’s tournament. But Dell Curry said Steph should be able to get out on the course and see more participants – riding in a golf cart.
It’s probably just as well for Dell Curry that Steph is hobbled. Dell said the two have been playing a lot of golf lately, before the surgery. And as with backyard hoops, they’re very competitive.
“Steph and I have played 10 times before we had ankle surgery, he was up 6-3-1 (wins-losses-ties).
PLAY WITH A CELEB
The tournament will bring a variety of celebrities to town for the day – many of them friends of the Currys. At last check, the list of potential celebrity golfers included NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin; former UNC Basketball Coach Bill Guthridge; former NFL players Victor Jones, Tim McKyer, Muhsin Muhammad, Adrian Murrell, Brian Stablein and Leonard Wheeler; and NBA players Rodney Monroe and Mike Gminski. Also playing will be NFL Sports Commentator Jim Szoke and Greg Bailey, sports director at WCNC-TV in Charlotte.
Area golfers are invited to join the event. Three amateur golfers will play in each foursome with one celebrity.
Entry fees will go to the Ada Jenkins Center. The tournament also raises money through corporate sponsorships, including presenting sponsors TruPoint Partners and Profit Technologies.
Tournament check-in begins Monday, June 20, at 10 a.m. and golfing begins at noon. Boxed lunches are provided on the golf carts. Following play, dinner and the awards reception will be in the River Run ballroom.
For more information about playing or sponsoring the tournament this year or in 2012, please go to www.CurryClassic.com.