Stephen Curry, 27, of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors is considered by some to be the greatest shooter in the history of the league. His road to stardom however was not without trials and he credits his faith in Jesus for keeping him going when a string of injuries hit him early in his career.
“I fell in love with the game really early. I played other sports but basketball held a special place in my heart,” he explained in an Active Faith interview prior to winning his first NBA championship in 2015.
To Curry however, what he does on the basketball court is simply an extension of his faith in God which first became personal when he was in middle school.
“Being saved is a great feeling. My relationship with Christ started around middle school. My parents had us in church every Sunday, every Wednesday. It was more a tradition at that point,” he explained.
“I didn’t have a personal relationship with the Lord until one altar call, Sunday. The youth pastor told us we needed to make a decision for ourselves we couldn’t rely on our parents. It had to be a decision on our own and that’s when I made it,” he said.
“There are so many things that we have to overcome in this life and Jesus, his work on the cross, he’s paid the ultimate price for us so, I’m proud to be a child of God,” said Curry.
During his third year in the NBA, Curry suffered an injury riddled season which he said made him really down because he had no idea what to expect for his future.
“I think the hardest thing I have [had] to deal with is battling through injuries. Actually starting out my basketball career with injuries is a tough thing…it was a down period in my life one that I didn’t know what the outcome would be,” he said.
Thankfully, Curry recovered and he has continued to express his gratefulness on the court.
“I try to use each and every game as an opportunity to witness. I do a little signal every time I make a shot, a way to kind of just preach the message in any way that I can. Each game is an opportunity to be on a great stage and to be a witness for Christ,” he said.
“There are going to be so many ups and downs, and so many obstacles and hurdles you’re gonna have to face in life nothing is ever too much for God to intervene in your life,” he continued.
“I’ve had a lot of great moments in my career, I’ve had a lot of down moments but I try to praise Him the same because of the opportunity He has given me and the blessings He has put in my life,” explained Curry. “When I step on the floor, people should know who I represent. Who I believe in. I’m blessed with talent to play sports at a high level and each time it’s in His name that we go out there and perform and compete and using the gifts He has given us in the right way.”