Dispatches

Basketball MVP Keeps Eye on the Prize

Stephen Curry shares his love of God and basketball.

"There’s more to me than just this jersey I wear, and that’s Christ living inside of me," wrote pro basketball’s Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry in an article for FCA Magazine (produced by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes) several years ago. That’s why the star of the Golden State Warriors sometimes raises his finger after scoring a basket. “It’s an external sign and internal reminder that God gets all the glory.” 

He has had many opportunities to display his talent and convictions. The Warriors won the National Basketball Association championship last season, and the team made history this year by winning a record number of games (73 vs. 9 losses) in a single season this year. 

“God’s given me talents to play basketball for a living, but I still have to work hard to improve every day,” Curry told FCA. “I love that basketball gives me the opportunities to do good things for people and to point them toward the Man who died for our sins on the cross... that’s something no earthly prize or trophy could ever top.”

"It’s an external sign and internal reminder that God gets all the glory."
Stephen Curry

Curry says he remembers when in the fourth grade he gave his life to Christ. He credits his parents for “pouring into my faith” from that point on. He says he knows God led him to Davidson College in North Carolina for a reason. He played under head coach Bob McKillop, a man of God. Davidson’s Cinderella run to the final four in March Madness helped prepare Curry for a “bigger stage to represent and be a witness for Him.” 

Warriors coach Mark Jackson and Curry have a unique player–coach relationship because of their shared passion for Christ. “He’s the type of guy you look at and say, ‘That’s how I want my son to be,’” Jackson was quoted as saying in an article for Decision Magazine posted on BillyGraham.org in November. “It’s a great testament to who he is and the God he serves. He comes from a great background and has a great foundation. I made sure to go to his parents and thank them for the way they raised him.”

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