Stephen Curry to Sponsor Men's and Women's Golf Teams at Howard University

Ross Houston
August 21, 2019

Having crossed paths with Curry during one of the two-time MVP's visits, Ferguson already pitched the idea to Curry early on.

Howard University aims to debut the first men's and women's golf teams in the 2020/2021 academic year, with resources strategically allocated for talent scouting and training to have a competitive Division 1 team in place for its inaugural season, joining Howard's other 19 Division 1 teams.

Howard University is the new recipient of an outstandingly generous donation from Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry.

Curry was inspired to support launching a golf program during a January conversation with Howard senior Otis Ferguson, who like Curry is an avid golfer.

The two talked about their love for golf.

The school had a Division II golf program in the past, along with intercollegiate and intramural club teams.

Now Howard will have those funds from Curry, which will be paid out over the next six years until the program becomes self-sustainable.

Howard athletic director Kery Davis said Curry's donation "was sort of a jolt for us".

"It's significant. That's the argument I've been trying to make since I assumed the presidency".

Golf programs at historically black colleges and universities are generally underdeveloped, and some schools have even had to scrap their teams in the face of financial hardship. According to a 2018 report from ESPN's The Undefeated, even when the teams are successful, black men and women are often statistically underrepresented on their rosters. In 2017, he fired an opening-round 74 while playing on an exemption at the Tour's Ellie Mae Classic.

In the past, Curry partnered with Under Armour to release a golf collection. The father-of-three now serves as a producer on ABC's new mini-golf show, "Holey Moley". The course was featured past year in the Callaway original series "Golf Lives".

"Golf is a sport that has changed my life in ways that are less tangible, but just as impactful", Curry said.

"It's unbelievable", Ferguson said Monday, "to have one of my dreams come true", as Curry said, it was "tough" to hear about students "who have the talent but don't have a fair shot at the game".

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