Over the course of his 14-year NBA career, Steph Curry has continued to inspire and motivate the youth both on and off the court. Now, he has taken that to the next level. O
The Warriors superstar has been mentoring Scoot Henderson, one of the brightest young prospects set to enter the league next season.
While college students were enjoying spring break with their friends or at the beach back in March, Henderson worked out with coaches on Curry’s training team at Laney College in Oakland. He was joined by his younger sister, Moochie, who committed to play guard for Georgia State.
The Henderson siblings received a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to partner with Curry’s company, SC30 Inc.
“Just getting this early training and early knowledge from Steph mentoring me and the people around him, it’s a blessing,” Scoot Henderson said (h/t The Associated Press’ Janie McCauley). “Me just turning 19, just getting that knowledge early, it’s really cool.”
Curry is helping Henderson off the court, too. The four-time NBA champion is giving Henderson pointers and will offer his resources when it comes to the business side of things.
Just like Curry has done with the community in the Bay Area, especially in the East Bay for nearly 15 years, Henderson, too, is committed to making an impact in his community back home in Marietta, Georgia.
That, more than anything, is what has impressed Curry the most.
“They’ve developed a perspective on the blessings from the game of basketball and the doors that it’s opened and the platform that you’re given,” Curry said. “The resources you have access to can all lead to a sense of purpose outside of just putting the ball in the basket.
“They’re obviously wise beyond their years on that front and understanding that you can do both.”
Henderson has helped plan holiday gift and food drives, per McCauley, which aided 75 families last year. His next goal? Helping 360 families, then 3,600 and eventually 36,000.
“Helping my community strive, that was always the vision,” Henderson said. “If I was going up, my family was going up with me. That was the vision for all my siblings.”
Scoot’s parents, Chris and Crystal Henderson, are big Curry fans and blown away by the opportunity their children have received.
“It’s almost unreal, actually, Steph Curry is probably my favorite player in the world,” Chris Henderson said. “They benefit from it but I benefit, too. It’s a blessing for my kids just to be a part of it.”
At the age of 35, Curry is excited for the next generation of athletes to continue inspiring the youth.
“To be a support system for that and how that’s going to evolve over time, that’s the exciting part and it reinvigorates another energy to what we’re doing because you understand — I’m the old guy — the next generation is about that life as well,” Curry said.