In true Steph Curry fashion, the 30-year-old pulled up at half-court, but instead of shooting the ball, he addressed the senseless killing of Oakland resident Nia Wilson.
When California's Bay Area comes up in conversation, it's expected for the NBA super team Golden State Warriors to be mentioned. Unfortunately, in the same breath, last month's brutal stabbing death of 18-year-old Nia Wilson on the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) has also become a tragic topic of discussion. On Tuesday, August 7, used his SC30 Select Showcase as a platform to bring awareness and offer financial assistance to the victim's family.
According to KPIX, the basketball event became more than a game as Curry took to center court to pay homage to Wilson.
“I’m sure everybody is aware of the tragedy, the loss we’ve had in the Bay Area recently, the life of Nia Wilson,” he said.
On July 22, 27-year-old John Lee Cowell attacked both Wilson and her 26-year-old sister, Letifah, at the BART station. The two young ladies were stabbed in their necks, which led to Letifah being hospitalized.
While no amount of money or time could heal the scar left by Wilson's absence, the NBA star offered a gesture of kindness and light to the family. With both Nia’s father, Ansar Mohammed, and Letifah sitting courtside, Curry raised over $20,000 in donations for the family via his Facebook livestream.
“Everybody who’s watching at home on the livestream on Facebook, please hit the ‘Donate’ button,” Curry asked fans. “Everything that is donated today, all the proceeds, 100 percent, will go to Nia Wilson’s family.”
I'm happy to be able to livestream the All Star Game from the SC30 Select Camp, coached by myself and @sdotcurry, in honor of Nia Wilson. All donations will benefit Nia's family via the National Basketball Player's Association Foundation.https://t.co/z9c4sgWycW— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) August 8, 2018
Curry joins other celebrities like Common, Tracee Ellis Ross and Viola Davis in paying homage to Wilson and calling for justice. Singer and Bay Area native Kehlani notably called out BART for dedicating more time to prosecuting petty crime than Wilson's murder.
Curry's gesture seemed to send a message to not only the family but to Golden State fans, as well. Citizens praised the "Splash Bro" for his work.
“People need to know that she mattered. She really mattered,” Warriors fan LaWanda Travis told KPIX. “And for him to do this, I love him even more.”
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