By Michael Schmitt - 20 August 2019Views : 118
NBA superstar Steph Curry has announced a seven-figure donation to reintroduce the game of golf to Howard University, a historically black college in Washington, DC.
Curry, who has won three NBA titles with the Golden State Warriors, confirmed on Monday his donation would go towards establishing the first Division I men's and women's golf teams in the 152-year history of the institution.
The school has not offered golf since a Division II team folded back in the 1970s.
Curry made the announcement at Langston Golf Course in Washington before attending a news conference at the school.
"No matter where you come from or what socioeconomic background you had, we all were that kid once upon a time that was just excited about finding out who they were as a person through athletics," Curry told the Washington Post.
Howard athletic director Kery Davis described Curry's donation as "sort of a jolt for us."
"Golf has always been a game of privilege," Davis said. "An association with the sport can break down barriers."
Davis told the Post he expects it will take about a year to hire coaches, recruit athletes and find a course to practice and play on.
Despite his basketball credentials, Curry is an avid golfer, and has made several appearances on the Web.com Tour, which serves as the feeder system to the PGA Tour.
At last year's Ellie Mae Classic, he shot an opening 71 before going on to miss the cut following a second-round 86.