Curry met Howard University senior and golfer, Otis Ferguson IV during a campus visit earlier this year. Ferguson shared that his solo crusade to get a golf team at Howard had failed. An avid golfer himself, Curry called on Under Armour, Callaway, Eat. Learn. Play., among others, for help with equipment, uniforms, and more.
Stephen Curry and friends will support Howard University’s NCAA Division 1 golf program for the next six years. This is the first golf program in the school’s history — the team will debut in the 2020/2021 academic year. Resources will be allocated for scouting and training. The university previously had a Division 2 golf team and various intercollegiate and intramural club teams.
“Golf is a sport that has changed my life in ways that are less tangible, but just as impactful,” said the NBA star. Adding, “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. 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.”
“Howard University is honored to partner with NBA Champion Stephen Curry to launch what is sure to become one of the best golf programs in the country,” said President Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.D., MBA. “This program will expose the campus to a game with numerous benefits. Golf is unique because it can be played through various ages of life. Grandfathers can play with granddaughters. Expanding the competitive opportunities for student athletes, especially in arenas where they are underrepresented, is consistent with the university’s strategic plan.”
Curry will be joined by Howard University’s President, Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, Athletic Director, Kery Davis, CEO of Callaway, Chip Brewer, and Howard student, Otis Ferguson IV, in a historic tee-off today in Washington, D.C.