Steph Curry is scoring points in the Bay Area both on the court as the point guard for the Golden State Warriors and off the court doing community service. Yahoo reports that after a recent contract extension with the team, Curry is committing to lay down some roots in the area and using his resources to improve the community:
“I want to use my resources and connections in any way, shape, or form I can, to give back. I want to better the community in any way I can, especially in the Bay Area.”
His first project includes making sure Bay Area students have access to clean drinking water. Curry learned that a growing number of schools were forced to purchase bottled water to provide to students after the test results of the school’s water resulted in the finding of contaminants. Some schools have been relying on bottled water for decades.
The 30-year-old was alerted to the issue when he went to visit a school in his area and played a pick-up game with the students.
“When I went to visit the school in my area, the students there weren’t able to get access to clean drinking water.”
As an athlete, Curry knows that hydration and rigorous activity go hand in hand. To assist with the problem, Curry has partnered with Brita to launch a grant program to help schools purchase and install filtering stations and replacements, eliminating their need to rely on bottled water. Curry says although he’s starting the initiative in the Bay Area, he hopes to pursue it nationwide.
Curry shares that athletes should do their best to be team players both on the court and in the community:
“We all understand why we’re NBA players, we love putting the ball in the basket, but there are serious issues, and we should leverage our platform for good.”
You can learn more about Steph Curry’s initiative at The Filtered Life.