When Stephen Curry and Sue Bird aren’t gifting us all with their super-freak athletic abilities on the basketball court, the three-time NBA champion and four-time WNBA champion are making an enormous difference in the lives of those who put their lives on the line everyday.
In Curry’s new mini-series, A Gift of Joy, the Golden State Warriors star brought along legendary Storm player Sue Bird to deliver a big gift to a COVID-19 volunteer doctor who has been working tirelessly to pay off her medical school loans.
Dr. Kakra Gyamnini, who is the sole provider for two children, recently had to move to the basement of her house as she was unable to afford rent for the whole home. She works not one, but two jobs to get by, and volunteers her time testing members of disenfranchised communities for COVID for free as a volunteer for MyCovidMD.
That’s before she got the surprise of a lifetime from Bird and Curry.
“I talked to Dr. Nana, and she told me all the amazing things you are doing,” Bird said in the video. “So, I just wanted to say how thankful I am. It’s like so admirable. You are a true hero, in what you’re doing for our community.”
“And my boy Steph Curry wanted to send a little something,” Bird says before revealing a Warriors jersey signed for Gyamnimi from the six-time NBA All-Star.
But that wasn’t all.
Curry and Bird also teamed up with Rakuten to give Gyamnini $10,000 toward her student loans.
“Even when you think the ground for which you stand has fallen from under you, you can still have really good people,” Gyamnini said after she received the surprise.
“With or without this money, I knew I’d be OK, but this has really made me OK with an asterisk.”
This is the third episode of Curry’s larger series called A Gift of Joy, which was developed in partnership with his media company, Unanimous Media. The series focuses on surprising deserving individuals across the country who have been severely impacted by the pandemic.
Sometimes a small gesture can go a long way and this surprise truly gives us all the warm fuzzies around the holidays. Way to go Sue and Steph!