The couple has been just begun doing some amazing stuff to help the education through their family foundation.
More and more NBA stars are trying to give back to the community and the people in their own ways. Not only is it making the players more lovable, but it is also waking a lot of people up to look towards the next generation's real educational needs.
NBA superstar Stephen Curry and his wife Ayesha announced the launch of a scholarship program for young women from San Francisco’s Bay Area.
Ebony reports that the program announced on March 8, will focus on helping the women who are interested in science, technology, education, and math (STEM) careers. And some might find this cute that the idea of this scholarship was inspired by a letter from a 9-year-old girl.
We are thrilled to announce the inaugural foundation scholarship recipient, Vivian Wu. She is a senior at Oakland Tech where she boasts a 4.2 GPA and has completed 300+ hrs of community service as an advocate for marginalized communities, including survivors of domestic violence. pic.twitter.com/XE4F76a3x2— SC30, Inc. (@SC30inc) 9 March 2019
Riley Morrison has decided to put down her thoughts in a letter and had addressed it to Stephen Curry. When he had received the letter in November 2018, he found that Morrison had expressed her disappointment at the fact that his Under Armour sneaker was unavailable in girls’ sizes.
Now, fans mean a lot to this NBA superstar.
.@StephenCurry30 wasn't comfortable profiting off Riley's shoe design, so he went to @UnderArmour and turned it into a scholarship that will impact girls for years to come. #RuinTheGame pic.twitter.com/d72fvkP9E7— SC30, Inc. (@SC30inc) 8 March 2019
Sometime later, Stephen collaborated with Morrison for the design of his latest sneaker - Curry 6 United We Win, which was released on the International Women's Day.
Given how this design has a sweet story behind it, it also has an empowering purpose. Reportedly, the profits from the shoe will help fund the STEM scholarship program.
“Inspired by a nine year-old Riley Morrison, who had the courage to speak out against gender inequality, The Stephen & Ayesha Curry Family Foundation is funding an annual scholarship that’s given to a college-bound female student from the Bay Area who has shown an aptitude for overcoming adversity, catalyzing change within her community and demonstrating excellence in a STEM-related field of study,” according to a statement released on the program.
The Golden State Warrior point guard has been vocal about recognizing the issue of gender inequality. In a personal essay that he had written for The Players’ Tribune in August 2018, he had cited the need to bridge the gender gap that exists in the scientific research industry.
Statistics show that there are low numbers of women in the scientific research industry. According to Catalyst.org, “Women accounted for less than a third (28.8%) of those employed in scientific research and development (R&D) across the world in 2014.”
According to the foundation, the money will be paid over two years and the criteria for the allowance includes maintaining at least a 3.0 GPA and taking two or more STEM-related courses each semester.
The first recipient of the $30,000 scholarship is Vivian Wu, a senior at Oakland Tech with a 4.2 GPA and more than 300 hours of community service on her resume.
“Just a reminder that one small gesture can lead to something truly special!” Steph posted on Instagram. “From a handwritten note to a $30k scholarship for Vivian Wu to pursue higher education in STEM. Riley Morrison changed the game.”
The father of two daughters, Curry, had written in his essay that he was surrounded by “incredible and fiercely principled” women during his whole life. Thus, it was only natural for him to recognize the need to speak about the gender pay gap - but he also taking steps in action to make sure that he is 'walking the walk' as well.
“I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that the idea of women’s equality has become a little more personal for me, lately, and a little more real,” Curry had written in his essay that was published in August 2018.
"I want our girls to grow up knowing that there are no boundaries that can be placed on their futures, period. I want them to grow up in a world where their gender does not feel like a rulebook for what they should think, or be, or do. And I want them to grow up believing that they can dream big, and strive for careers where they’ll be treated fairly."
“And of course: paid equally.” The three-time NBA champion called for all people, “not just fathers of daughters,” to fight for equality. “I’m feeling more driven than ever — to help out women who are working toward progress, in any way that I can,” Curry wrote.