Stephen Curry just became the first unanimously voted MVP in NBA history, but in his acceptance speech, once again he made it clear that earthly glory is not what he’s seeking. While Curry is more than honored to have received the award, he made sure to give credit where credit is due. Firstly, he thanked God for the talents and platform that he’s been given, and he also gave massive props to his wife, Ayesha, who has taken such good care of their two daughters while he’s pursued his career in basketball.
Curry gave a shoutout to his in-laws and Ayesha for their contributions in raising his family with strong faith-based values. In the adorable 25-second excerpt from his speech below, his spunky daughter Riley works the crowd as daddy pays tribute to his supporters:
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“It takes a village to raise two beautiful daughters, and with the pace of life that we have, you guys play a significant role in that, and knowing your faith and your view on life that will be passed on to my kids as well is definitely special so thank you very much,” said Curry.
Steph Curry has certainly come a long way from being rejected by the major ACC schools that weren’t interested in the barely-6-foot, skinny kid from North Carolina to being MVP of the NBA.
“I was confident the Lord had blessed me with the talent to play the game, and I just wanted to go where He wanted me to be. That place became as clear as day to me once I met Bob McKillop, Davidson’s head coach,” said Curry in a past interview. McKillop was also a man of God who felt he could get Curry to where he wanted to be, but what attracted Curry more than his ability to coach was the added bonus that he was grounded in faith.
Curry ended up attending Davidson and quickly made a name for himself. While at the time he didn’t understand why God kept him from the major ACC schools that he wanted to attend, he was starting to see a little more of the massive plan God had for him.
“During our Cinderella run to the 2008 Elite Eight, I knew the Lord was preparing me for a bigger stage to represent and be a witness for Him on the basketball court. I remembered my mom telling me from day one at Davidson that God puts His people in different areas of life so that they can reach more people for Him. I tried to use that time for His glory.”
Then came 2009. Then came the NBA draft. Then came the seventh overall draft pick, Stephen Curry.
Five years later and Curry is still with the Warriors with the opportunity to play with Mark Jackson, a pastor and the team’s head coach. His faith is just as important to him today as it was when basketball meant street lights and backyards. He’s not slow to speak about what drives him on the court either.
“The Holy Spirit is moving through our locker room in a way I’ve never experienced before. It’s allowing us to reach a lot of people, and personally, I am just trying to use this stage to share how God has been a blessing to my life and how He can be the same in everyone else’s.”
While Curry acknowledges that God has given him a gift and an ability, he still has to work at it. His training is gruesome and the work is never ending, but it’s what God has given him in this moment. At the end of the day, he’ll always have Jesus.
“I know that in the grand scheme of things, this is just a game that can be taken from me at any moment,” he said. “But I love that basketball gives me the opportunities to do good things for people and to point them towards the Man who died for our sins on the cross. I know I have a place in Heaven waiting for me because of Him, and that’s something no earthly prize or trophy could ever top.
“There’s more to me than just this jersey I wear, and that’s Christ living inside of me.”