The Howard University Bison haven't fielded a varsity golf program in over 40 years.
That changed Monday, when Golden State Warriors point guard Steph Curry formally announced his commitment to back both a women's and men's golf programs at the historically black university for six years. The teams will start Division I play starting in 2020-21, and Curry's donation has been reported to be in the seven-figure range.
NBA superstar Stephen Curry is in DC today for the announcement that he will sponsor Howard Univ. men’s and women’s golf programs for the next six years.— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) August 19, 2019
HU athletic director called it “one of the most generous gifts” in the school’s history. pic.twitter.com/z5sVS3MkKM
"I feel really honored to play a small role in the rich history of Howard University, and look forward to building their first men’s and women’s golf teams with them,” Curry said.
Curry was motivated in part by a conversation with Otis Ferguson IV, a student who gave up the chance to play competitive collegiate golf in order to attend Howard, when Curry visited the campus for the screening of a documentary in January.
That conversation was a springboard for the investment, and Curry, himself an avid golfer, hopes to leverage his relationships with brands like Callaway and Under Armour to help with equipment, uniforms, and more.
"Golf is a sport that has changed my life in ways that are less tangible, but just as impactful,” said the NBA star.
“It’s a discipline that challenges your mental wherewithal from patience to focus, and is impossible to truly master, so when you hear about these passionate student-athletes who have the talent but don’t have a fair shot at the game, it’s tough.” Curry noted.
3rd-gen Bison legacy student Otis Ferguson IV was working to restore a golf club at HU when attended a panel on campus a few months ago w/ @StephenCurry30.— Howard University (@HowardU) August 19, 2019
Knowing Curry loves golf, Otis asked him to play & Curry took him up on that offer AND decided to fund an HU golf program! pic.twitter.com/1VPnJMhSQ6
The creation of the program means Howard will have a Dvision I golf team for the first time in school history, and it joins only 30 other HBCU's to field the program.
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