SAN FRANCISCO — NBA star Stephen Curry is drawing acclaim from civil rights leaders for his work campaigning for social justice, his assist of ladies’s causes and his interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci concerning the pandemic.
The NAACP has given him its Jackie Robinson Sports activities Award. And, for the primary time, the nation’s oldest civil rights group is recognizing multiple particular person by honoring the Ladies’s Nationwide Basketball Gamers Affiliation.
“I’d borrow a Maya Angelou quote to explain Steph and his management: ‘I’ve realized that folks will neglect what you mentioned, folks will neglect what you probably did, however folks will always remember the way you made them really feel,'” Warriors common supervisor Bob Myers mentioned in an e-mail.
“Steph has definitely made folks within the Bay Space and all around the world really feel pleasure. His dedication to social activism and assist of ladies are one other a part of the material that makes up the individual that he’s. I am honored to know him for what he does each on and off the courtroom,” Myers added. “And a a lot deserved congratulations to the ladies of the WNBA who proceed to fearlessly pursue what is correct.”
Curry, 33, Golden State’s two-time MVP, held a YouTube question-and-answer discussion board with Fauci final March close to the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Jackie Robinson award — named for the late Dodgers nice who broke baseball’s racial barrier — acknowledges athletes for his or her success in addition to their dedication to social justice, civil rights and their communities.
“He has a robust platform and he makes use of it to the very best of his capacity,” teammate Kelly Oubre Jr. mentioned. “He is an amazing particular person.”
The WNBA gamers have been applauded for his or her activism in a unified motion that has featured kneeling for the nationwide anthem, messages supporting Black Lives Matter and protesting the capturing of Jacob Blake in August by following the Bucks’ lead in not enjoying.
WNBA gamers additionally notably referred to as out former Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler, a Republican and former co-owner of the Atlanta Dream, for her criticism of the league’s social justice efforts.
Some gamers sported T-shirts studying “Vote Warnock” in assist of Atlanta pastor Raphael Warnock, a Democrat who defeated Loeffler in a runoff race in January. Warnock grew to become Georgia’s first African American senator.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr, outspoken on many points himself, mentioned he admires the WNBA gamers for his or her activism.
“I really like what the WNBA gamers have completed. They’ve actually taken the lead with creativity and unity in loads of vital causes, political causes however social injustice points,” Kerr mentioned. “They’ve made their voices heard. They’ve completed it very creatively and powerfully.”
The awards are to be offered throughout subsequent week’s NAACP Picture Awards Digital Expertise.
LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Jim Brown, the Harlem Globetrotters, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Sugar Ray Leonard, Eddie Robinson are amongst prior recipients.