Sports stars are some of the biggest celebrities in our world today. Millions of people look up to them, seeing them as their heroes.
Unfortunately, they don’t always live up to the expectations we place on them. They act in violent or offensive ways that knock them off the pedestals where we have placed them.
Thankfully, there are still some athletes who live up to the hype and are committed to living lives worthy of being looked up to.
Stephen Curry is one such player. The NBA star is known not only for his prowess on the court, but for his kindness and integrity.
Never was that more on display than during a recent game between Curry’s team, the Golden State Warriors, and the Dallas Mavericks.
Last week, Bruce Harris, the brother of Mavericks guard Devin Harris, was killed in a car accident. The shocking death rocked their family and Harris decided not to play in Monday’s game as he took time to grieve.
Though Harris did not play, his nine-year-old nephew Brayden did attend the game with him. The team came around him as he worked to process his father’s passing, bringing the young boy back into their locker room and showing him kindness and compassion.
But it was what Curry, a member of the opposing team, did that really had people talking.
Knowing that Brayden looked up to Curry, the star’s younger brother, Seth, who plays for the Mavericks, as well as Warriors guard Shaun Livingston, arranged a meet-up between the two of them before the game started.
As Brayden stood on the sidelines with his uncle, Curry walked over and wrapped his arms around the young boy, seeming to console him and pray with him.
Stephen Curry praying pregame with a kid who lost his father due to a car accident. 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/Fdn0C0OM0r
— alex 🎃 (@KDISAWARRIOR) October 24, 2017
When asked about the emotional moment after the game, Curry said it was hard to know what to say to Brayden.
“It’s obviously sometimes hard to find the right words to say in that situation,” Curry said. “It’s a tough blow to the family. For him at that age, I can’t imagine what he’s going through. But the best thing I can say is lean on his family and to give him that strength to get through this tough time.”
“Nobody can tell him how to feel,” he added. “He just needs to allow himself to get through the best he can with his family at his side and lean on them for strength and support. Hopefully they’ll be there for them. That’s the best I can tell him.”
Steph Curry on what message he gave to Devin Harris’ nephew during their pregame meeting (his father died recently) pic.twitter.com/YupKFFTTGn
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) October 24, 2017
Our hearts go out to this young boy and the rest of the Harris family as they grieve this tragic loss. We are thankful that in times like these, there are everyday heroes like Curry who can step in and show the love and compassion they so desperately need.
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