Stephen Curry and Ayesha Curry continue to make a lasting impact on the children of Auckland – Landscape

Stanford, CA – Legendary singer Tony Bennett is best known for his signature rendition of “You Left My Heart in San Francisco.” For Stephen Curry and his wife Ayesha, their hearts and youth did not leave Oakland despite leaving the Golden State Warriors across the Bay Bridge to San Francisco three years ago.

“We’ve stayed loyal to the family we’ve known since 09,” Stephen Curry told Andscape recently at a golf tournament fundraiser. Eat. learns. game. Establishment. “And the team evolved and moved to San Francisco. But the history there, the support, and the passion behind wanting to see us succeed on the field, I wanted to be able to give that back. My wife also felt, [with] The interaction you got with fans and people in the community.

“And even our kids, that’s where they’re going to learn the world. So, we appreciate this opportunity. And while the team has moved across the bay, we’ve always wanted to fly our flag in Auckland, East Bay, and we’ve found ways to make that, once again, a lifelong mission” .

Eat. learns. game. Founded in 2019, focusing on Auckland with a mission to “unleash the potential of every child and pave the way for amazing children and a bright future.” The primary focus was on healthy children’s nutrition, education and physical activity. Since March 2020, eat. learns. game. It provided more than 25 million meals and 4 million pounds of groceries to Oakland families and others in need. The foundation also provided 2.7 million pounds of fresh produce to 24,000 families through schools, parks in Auckland and youth recreational camps. The Foundation and World Central Kitchen teamed up with 130 restaurants in Auckland to serve more than 2.5 million meals, putting more than 850 restaurant employees back in business.

Eat. learns. game. It has also partnered with the Auckland Public Library, the Auckland Literacy Alliance, and the Black Cultural District to build and manage 150 Little Town libraries across Auckland’s historically under-resourced communities. Stephen Curry has also pushed to redesign Auckland’s outdoor basketball parks and gyms such as the Bushrod Recreation Center, Concordia Park and Manzanita Recreation Center and plans to do more.

“When you talk about the people who have definitely made an impact in Oakland, his name is on Mount Rushmore,” said rapper Stanley “Mista Fab” Cox, an Auckland native known for his community work.

Moreover, there is a lot that Carrey’s family has done in Auckland outside the eyes of the public and the media.

“Steve called me last December and told me to hang out with him during the middle of COVID,” said Anil Bohsari, co-founder and co-CEO of Workday. “Come to Auckland and come with me to an event.” We made it to a few food banks and women’s shelters. We pack games. This is his day off between matches.

“We have to make the world fairer. More balanced. Think about eating. Learn. Play. You think about what they’ve done during the pandemic. They’ve served over 20 million meals to kids. I don’t know how Oakland could have gone without Steve and Aisha. I really am.” I do not. “

Left to Right: Stephen Curry, Aisha Curry and Workday CEO Aneel Bhusri at the annual Workday Charity Classic ’22 at Stanford Golf Course.

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So why all the love for Oakland from the Carrie family? Simply, as Stephen Curry told Andscape in 2020, “This is our adopted home.”

The Currys first became familiar with Oakland after Stephen of Davidson College (North Carolina) was drafted with the seventh overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft by the Warriors. The Warriors’ home at the time was the Oracle Arena, the old beloved venue that has been the home of the franchise since the 1970s. After initially living in San Francisco, Currys moved to the Jack London Square neighborhood of Oakland for three years during the first part of his two-time NBA MVP career.

Currys has been known to enjoy local eateries like the now-defunct Pican for soul food and the longtime staple Oakland Grill. They were beloved in the community for Stephen Curry’s basketball exploits that brought three of his four championships to “The City” and the respect of the long-running NBA franchise. Currys has also built a reputation for giving back to low-income residents and Auckland’s youth.

Although the Carey family now lives in the Bay Area peninsula, their hearts have always driven them to give back to Auckland.

“What impressed us and what worried us is kind of intertwined in terms of having such energy, life and uniqueness in Auckland that holds so much historical significance in different ways, but I can sense that right away,” Stephen Curry said. I didn’t know much about the city when I was first recruited. And when you came here, we lived properly [in] Downtown Auckland for the first three years. We understood, first, the passion about warriors and the sport. But also, just the passion for this area and what’s out of the city, and how the people of Auckland, when you ask them where they come from, they tell you, and there’s a different tone that stems from being proud of what the area means.

“And I think that has shocked me from day one. And then obviously, going into my career, going to matches, getting to know the fans, meeting people where they are, it continues to affect you more. But also, there is a lot of talent in Auckland from a cultural perspective. , but there aren’t a lot of opportunities. And that’s from generations of barriers that people have had to overcome, families, and parents struggling to find ways to basically provide for themselves and their children.”

Besides the win and public profile, another reason Carrie’s family is so popular in Oakland is that she has been able to move her.

Stephen Curry snapped a photo in front of the legendary Fox Theater in Oakland to celebrate his 10th anniversary with the Warriors in 2019. He joined his fellow Warriors who marched with then-teammate Juan Toscano Anderson of Oakland to protest the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis in 2020. Aisha Curry opened her first retail store and coffee shop in Auckland, Sweet July, in 2021. The Currys are also legendary in “The Town” of surprise rapper Cox when they attend his annual backpack giveaway party in Pepsi Park on 44th Street Auckland in 2019 without any security.

“On the day of the event I called him and said, ‘Today is the backpack gift.’ He said, ‘I know.’ Cox said. ‘He called me 30 minutes ago and said, ‘Do I turn left of the highway or right?’ I’m like in my mind, ‘You really are on About to pull!” When he stops, he and his wife are….Everyone is crazy, ballistic, crazy. “Oh, my God, it’s Steve Curry!”

“He’s cool, calm, composed. Mrs. Curry sat on the bench, held the kids, and took pictures all day. This is the most famous moment where I realize this guy is so different. We play basketball at the Celebrity Tournament, he jumps on the court and starts playing basketball.” In my mind I’m like, ‘Yo, you have to rest. You take off. If I get hurt, they will hate me forever. You have to relax, big peasant!’ He gets out there and plays basketball. Complete game. One man makes a bullet. The competition is on. It goes down, it dodges. I was like, oh, it’s different, different. He loves the game very much, but he loves people even more. To make a memory like the one you can tell your children about.”

Stephen Curry said, “That was special. I even tutored on a pair of possessions. It was a beautiful thing. We have icons that pave the way for what it means to give back in an authentic and authentic way, and Fab is one of those for sure. And we try to love it the same way we love it.” Auckland”.

Stephen Curry (right) and Aisha Curry (left), walk out of the ceremonial field before the Oakland Track and Field Championships in July.

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Now for the Carey family, the focus in helping Auckland’s youth is to “learn”.

Less than 20% of public primary schools in Auckland have a library. Eat. learns. game. She plans to fill the void by stocking libraries and continuing to use her eclectic food. learns. game. From bus to book distribution, with frequent free book giveaways and events. Last month, the Currys family announced that it has partnered with a work day In a new initiative to increase children’s literacy in Auckland. The money raised from a charitable golf tournament at Stanford Golf Course, attended by sports stars such as Curry, former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning, Stephen Curry’s father Del Curry, brother Seth Curry, and former NFL future Larry Fitzgerald Jr., will They support this initiative, which includes teacher-led classroom literacy projects and helps distribute 300,000 new books through Eat. learns. game. Bus and small town libraries. There are also plans to fund the creation of a comprehensive analysis of Auckland’s literacy opportunities and gaps.

“Our main focus this year was to operationalize our literacy pillar,” said Aisha Carey. “At the core of that is literacy, especially in the Auckland community. And over 15% of black students and 12% of Latino students don’t meet the literacy level in order to succeed in school. It’s just unwarranted. It’s inappropriate. You shouldn’t That it be so.”

Stephen Curry said, “Look at the school systems and a lot of the things that need improvement across the board, from a literacy perspective, from the nutritious meals they provide and things like that. All of these things are encapsulated in the work we want to do.”

On July 20, Carey attended an Oakland Track and Field match against the Houston Astros to take out the first pitch and promote their organization. The Carey and Auckland family hosted over 1,000 Auckland kids at the game. Next, the kids slapped the hand of the 2022 NBA Finals best player as they run past first base.

While the Carey family makes a lasting impact on the Oakland kids, these kids make an impact on the strong pair who has three kids as well.

“Someone asked why I was there, why I chose to spend time with them,” Stephen Curry said. “It kind of breaks your heart that this is a question because they’re just looking for people to see and feel visible. And being outside might seem like a little gesture, a two-second interaction with someone.”

“You never know what kind of effect it’s going to have on a kid knowing, ‘Hey, I showed up somewhere, and Steve gave me a high five and told me it was great to see you. “Maybe this boost of confidence will get them through a difficult challenge that may be coming, and overcoming it. Who knows how you’re going to write this story? But this kind of interaction is very useful and rewarding. I never want to be in a situation where I miss that, because it means so much.”

Mark J. Spears is Andscape’s #1 NBA Writer. He used to be able to dunk on you, but he hasn’t been able to in years and his knees still hurt.

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