Steve Curry of the Warriors puts gender equality at the heart of the elite high school camp

Two weeks ago, she was hosting the ESPYs.

Last week, it took more than 1,000 children from Auckland Auckland Athletics Game.

this week? The Golden State Warriors Ranger hosts his own Curry Camp, in the downtown San Francisco Olympic Club. For the first time, the camp was divided equally: 13 boys and 13 girls.

“We’re just trying to normalize basketball as basketball, and celebrate the game,” Curry said Thursday. “I hope to give the girls coming from the ranks something to potentially look forward to, being a part of this experience and having me and our team and what we do.

“And also, for the boys, to give them a point of view that it’s not just about their collar. Girls can do that too. And they have to encourage, celebrate and support it. And hopefully that continues throughout their careers as well.”

Stephen Curry, points guard for the Golden State Warriors, works with children during Curry’s camp at the San Francisco Olympic Club in San Francisco, California on Thursday, August 4, 2022.

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Carrie, “the father of a girl” to Riley, 10, and Ryan, 7, are passionate advocates for gender equality. He was one of the first NBA players to include girls with boys in a specific camp, starting in 2018. This is the third year he’s done so (he hasn’t made his camp for the past two years due to the pandemic). A few years ago, when a young fan wrote to him to express his disappointment that Under Armor didn’t carry his signature girls’ size sneakers, Carrie made sure his shoe sponsor did just that.

Curry has changed the game of basketball. And in many ways, it made the game more open to girls.

“The way I play is related to the women’s game,” he said. “My skill set can be copied. It’s not about playing over the edge. Everything I do, I feel they can work at and simulate. The skill work we teach both boys and girls, at the same time, is something they can come home to when camp is over.”

Being in a camp can be a life-changing experience. Just ask Azzi Fudd, who—along with Stanford’s Cameron Brink—was one of the first girls at camp in 2018. Now a national name after her first year at UConn, Fudd trains this week at Curry Camp.

“It was a really great experience,” Fodd said of being a curry camper. “When I first walked in and got all my gear, my jaw dropped. All the guys were doing great about it, and I was just trying to contain my excitement and happiness just to be there.”

Stephen Curry, points guard for the Golden State Warriors, works with children during Curry's camp at the San Francisco Olympic Club in San Francisco, California on Thursday, August 4, 2022.

Stephen Curry, points guard for the Golden State Warriors, works with children during Curry’s camp at the San Francisco Olympic Club in San Francisco, California on Thursday, August 4, 2022.

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Fudd remembers chatting with fellow camper Jalen Green, who picked G League Ignite out of high school and now plays for the Houston Rockets.

‘I asked him, ‘So are you guys going all camping like this? Fed said: Is this normal for you? And he was like, ‘Yeah, what do you mean? “I’ve never had anything like all this equipment before. It was great to see the treatment the guys are getting. It was also amazing to be in such a high class camp, and to have such great coaches. Steve was doing the training with us. My respect for him has crossed the ceiling.”

Two years later, basketball equality became a national story when Stanford University coach Ali Kirchner shared a photo on social media that showed the stark differences in exercise facilities between the men’s and women’s NCAA tournaments held in separate epidemic bubbles. Oregon player Sedona Prince inflated the photo on her TikTok, causing outrage.

Carrie was not surprised by what he saw.

“Going back to the Al Ain University team, I saw the funding that girls get versus boys and how the whole system works around girls’ tournaments and boys’ tournaments,” he said. “The NCAA Championship was a state of the union in what was happening.”

Stephen Curry, points guard for the Golden State Warriors, works with children during Curry's camp at the San Francisco Olympic Club in San Francisco, California on Thursday, August 4, 2022.

Stephen Curry, points guard for the Golden State Warriors, works with children during Curry’s camp at the San Francisco Olympic Club in San Francisco, California on Thursday, August 4, 2022.

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Carey said he hopes the players who attend his camp will start spreading the word about their experience.

“And that starts to spread about what’s expected, across the board,” he said.

Curry isn’t selecting 26 athletes who are among the top recruits from the 2023 and 24 high school classes, but he does have input. He sponsors Al Ain University teams in Charlotte, North Carolina, and has a female and male convoy of these teams. Some came through Under Armor camps, and other scouts and coaches that Curry worked with were recommended. His coaches at camp include personal trainer Brandon Payne, former teammate Kent Bazimore, appearances by Hall of Famer Chris Mullen, high school Curry coach Sean Brown and Davidson’s Curry College coach Bob McKillop.

On Thursday, Curry went through stretching and workouts with campers before they split into two courts. He also played with them on some full pitches (why the kids didn’t always pass the ball to him is a mystery).

The three-day camp includes dinner at International Smoke, the restaurant founded by Aisha Curry with Michael Mina; A tour of the Chase Center, and a night at the Lucky Strike bowling alley. On the last night, campers will take the ferry to Tiburon and go to another Mina restaurant, Bungalow Kitchen.