Stephen and Ayesha Curry launch scholarship fund for Davidson's female athletes

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Stephen and Ayesha Curry launched a new scholarship endowment fund at Davidson College on Thursday, the couple announced on Instagram.

The Curry Family Women’s Athletics Initiative will be focused on elevating women’s athletics at the Golden State Warriors star’s former college.

“Davidson college is where it all started for me, and it no doubt prepared me for leadership and service,” he said in an Instagram video. “I’m forever grateful for the unwavering support from the entire Davidson community. The reason I am who I am today is also because of strong, powerful women that have poured into my life all these years. Now as the father of two girls, I want them to grow up without any boundaries on their futures.”

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The Curry’s donated an unknown amount to launch the foundation, which they hope will help all of Davidson’s female sports teams.

Davidson has 26.13 scholarships available for women’s sports — 13 of which belong to the women’s basketball team. The school can have up to 105, the maximum allowed under NCAA rules.

"The Currys' gift and vision provide an unprecedented push forward for Davidson Athletics and our exceptional scholar-athletes," Davidson athletic director Chris Clunie said in a statement. “This gift and additional support of the initiative will raise our competitiveness and open up our educational and athletic experiences to more young women.

"Beyond Davidson, the Currys are sending an important message about addressing the broad inequity in women's athletics and the importance of unlocking opportunities today and into the future."

Curry played at Davidson from 2006-09, and averaged 25.3 points while shooting 41% from behind the arc. The two-time consensus All American led the Wildcats to the elite eight in 2008, the first time the school had made it that deep in the NCAA tournament since 1969. The Warriors then selected him with the No. 7 overall pick a year later.

Davidson's Stephen Curry in 2008
Stephen Curry and Davidson celebrate after winning their game against Gonzaga at the 2008 NCAA tournament. (David T. Foster III/Charlotte Observer/Getty Images)
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