Kick’n It for Congo with the Curry’s at Liberty U. Convo

Kick’n It for Congo with the Curry’s at Liberty U. Convo

NBA superstar, Golden State Warriors Champion and father of two, Stephen Curry, spoke at Liberty University’s Convocation March 1, 2017 to raise awareness and help fund a shoe drive for the people of Congo. Curry and president of the shoe drive, Emmanuel Ntibonera of the Ntibonera Foundation, partnered with Kick’n It to raise over 10,000 […]

NBA superstar, Golden State Warriors Champion and father of two, Stephen Curry, spoke at Liberty University’s Convocation March 1, 2017 to raise awareness and help fund a shoe drive for the people of Congo.

Curry and president of the shoe drive, Emmanuel Ntibonera of the Ntibonera Foundation, partnered with Kick’n It to raise over 10,000 pairs of shoes for Ntibonera’s country of origin.

The founder of Kick’n It, a Liberty alum known as Coseezy, also joined Curry on stage along with Curry’s mother, Sonya Curry, Liberty Flames Basketball Coach Ritchie McKay, and David Nasser, Senior Vice President of Spiritual Development. Students and residents in the surrounding area filed into the dome, filling every seat with little basketball players wearing Curry’s jersey and jersey number to older fans. There was not an open space in the whole arena.

Curry spoke of his life growing up in Ohio and his transition into basketball fame. He and his mother both emphasized how much their family kept the Lord first, always making prayer a priority. Curry’s wife, Ayesha, also gushed in the crowd as she recalled her Liberty visit a few months before. McKay reminisced when he coached Curry’s younger brother, Seth Curry, and how much it was a blessing to get to witness the authenticity of love that is the Curry family. The speakers joked about how Seth’s skills were catching up to and may soon surpass his older brother’s.

Fans held up poster signs and reached for hugs and handshakes as Curry, alongside President Jerry Falwell, Jr., made his way onto the basketball arena of the Convocation dorm to shoot some shots for charity. The perimeter of the floor of the arena was lined with racks of thousands of shoes. The presence of the Curry’s did not take away from the purpose of the cause. If there was anyone who came in not knowing why Curry was at Convo, they definitely left knowing why.

The Ntibonera Foundation gained national recognition and was able to surpass the goal of 10,000 pairs of shoes to take to Congo thanks to the help of Stephen Curry, Coseezy, and as they made most important, God.

 

Atang Agwe, Intern Writer of Excellence Living Magazine.

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