Stephen Curry – Liberty University Convocation
>>DAVID NASSER: Good morning. You may have
a seat. Come on; are you excited about this day? I hope that you’re doing well. Hey, before
we do pray together, let me just give you a little bit of context.
For some of you who are walking into this room, and you’re seeing thousands of shoes
lined up all the way in the middle of the Vines Center.
About three months ago, a Liberty student came and met with our department. He expressed
his concern for his country. He said, hey, I’m a Liberty student, and I’m
originally from the Republic of Congo, and I have had a real burden, passion for my people.
A lot of my people don’t have proper footwear, which then results in them catching all kinds
of diseases. And so much of that could be prevented if
they would just have, you know, a good pair of shoes. And he shared how for the past few
years he and his brothers and sisters—there’s nine of them—have travelled around the country
and have led worship at these concerts. And while they led worship, they said that
the entrance fee was a pair of shoes. He shared how they had collected almost 10,000
pairs of shoes to date, and when he told us that, honestly the big request was could we
as a university pray, and could we also maybe help them get those shoes shipped to Africa.
And when we had that conversation and we began to pray about that, we felt like we could
do more than that. From there we moved into this idea of what
would it look like to double that amount of shoes for donation.
And we said, hey, if every Liberty student gave one pair of shoes, we could go from 10,000
to 20,000. And we fast-forward a little bit past that,
and a few weeks later, the great Ayesha Curry, who is here, was our guest at convocation.
Ayesha, glad to have you here. And Ayesha brought with her a Liberty student,
Chris Strachan, and you’re going to get to hear a lot about what God’s doing through
Chris. And Chris was sitting with us at lunch, and
we pitched the idea that, hey, this is what we’re doing with this shoe thing.
Chris, you’ve got the Kick’n It brand thing. And Chris said, the Kick’n It brand is only
a year old, but we already have the Kick’n It foundation stuff happening. Why don’t we
partner with you? And that’s how we ended up getting—I don’t
know if you know, but Steph Curry’s in the house—you know, getting him to join us as
well. It’s going to be a pretty amazing day.
If you’re bringing a pair of shoes today, we have the red bins all around.
On your way out then, you can drop them off. Or you can bring them to campus community
tonight. Campus community tonight is going to be an
unbelievable night. Emmanuel’s family is going to lead a little
bit of worship for us. You’re going to hear his story.
A lot of special guests, a lot of national attention, media that’s going to be here.
We’re going to do some pretty special stuff, and then we’re going to pack up the 30, 40,000
pairs of shoes and get them ready to be shipped. But it’s going to be a very, very special
day. Let me pray for us, and then President Falwell
will come and introduce our guest to us, all right? Father, I thank You that you give people audacious
dreams. Thank You, God, for Emmanuel and his faithfulness.
Thank you, Lord, that you put inside the heart of a Liberty student a burden and a passion
for his people to be more than a humanitarian, to be a missionary. Thank You, Lord, that
that burden resulted in this very day. And beyond this, God, there are children, men,
women halfway across the world on the other side of an ocean who have never heard of Liberty.
They’ve never heard of Steph Curry. They’ve never, Lord, heard of all the things that
we are so familiar with, but they are going to hear the name of Jesus because of today.
Thank You for the result—the result, God, of faithfulness and obedience in your people.
Thank You, Lord for Chris and what You’re doing through Kick’n It.
Thank You, Lord, that in a day like this we just see how obedience, obedience can result
in amazing things—a wave, a tsunami of impact for you.
In the next few minutes, Lord, as we get together, I pray that you truly would be the great celebrity
of this day. Thank You that celebrities are here today
to point to you as the One, the One, the true famous one.
We pray that You’d be front and center. All this in Your name, amen.
Hey come on; put your hands together for our president, President Falwell, everybody. >>JERRY FALWELL JR: Before I introduce today’s
keynote speakers, I want you to meet my new best friend.
Over the last year, Dennis Coleman of the law firm of Ropes & Gray, has helped Liberty
move from FCS in football to FBS. It was, it was through his efforts that we
were got the first ever waiver from the NCAA. Never has it happened before in history.
And I enjoyed working with him so much over the last year, and he is—we had dinner last
night, and I talked him into staying over and meeting you guys.
Dennis was the first African American quarterback at Brown University.
He then graduated from Georgetown Law School, and he’s one of those big city lawyers.
But he, one of his clients is Tony Dungy. He represents many other famous athletes and
coaches. And I’m just—
The day that we got the news that Liberty had been granted the waiver and moved to FBS,
Dennis called me, and he was so emotional and excited.
He told me it was the most excited he had been in 40 years of practicing law.
And he went from sounding like a big city lawyer to sounding like a Baptist preacher,
I promise you. But Dennis, would you come and greet the students,
please? Welcome Dennis Coleman.>>DENNIS COLEMAN: Thank you, President Falwell.
I appreciate that. Steph and Mrs. Curry, and everyone else, I
had no idea. I had no idea about this.
I came to town last night to see President Falwell to talk about some other business
matter. He casually mentioned that Steph Curry was
going to be here. My grandson is like jumping through his skin
at home to hear that I’m going to be with Steph Curry.
And then the next thing I knew he segued into convincing me to spend the night in Lynchburg.
I should be other places right now. And some way or another, telling me that he
wanted me to give a few remarks. But that’s the power of President Falwell.
Let’s give him a round of applause, please. I came to Liberty about 18 months ago.
It was in September of 20 and 15. I had heard about Liberty.
I didn’t know about Liberty. I knew that Turner was here.
I knew that Ritchie was here, and I knew that it was a conservative Christian institution.
I grew up an altar boy in the Methodist and raised in the church, and so I understood
that. When I walked on this campus, I had no idea.
I had no idea of the diversity that you have here at Liberty.
I had no idea about the beautiful buildings that you have here at Liberty.
And it just blew me away. I knew that I had a project.
I knew that the project involved me trying to help Liberty get to some place that President
Falwell wanted to get to some 45 years ago, and that was to be an FBS institution.
That I do know. That is what I knew.
And I promised President Falwell—something I never do in legal situations—that we would
deliver for him. He goes to tell the story further that not
only that I promised him, but that I kissed him on both cheeks.
And he kind of like stood back and said, whoa. I said this I promise you, my friend, we will
do for you. Fast-forward to two weeks ago.
I was at a carwash actually when I got the call from the NCAA saying that it had been
granted. The Holy Spirit came upon me in ways such that it very rarely does. What President
Falwell doesn’t know is that throughout this journey of ours to try to get to FBS, I would
go into my prayer room from time to time and try to figure out how to get from point A
to point B. And in my prayer room I’d go to Proverbs 3:5,
and I’d say, Lord, lean not on thine own understanding, but in all my ways trust in you and you will
guide straight my path. And there were times when the Spirit came
to me and told me I should do it this way, and told me I should do it that way.
But I knew that it would be God’s will, and I said let it by thy will, dear Lord. If this
is supposed to happen, let it happen. And when it happened, what had come to me
was that this wasn’t for God’s glory; it was for God’s greater glory. It was for the greater
glory of the Lord. I told president Falwell, through the Holy
Spirit that we must be that light in the dark, that Liberty University is going to use this
FBS to be a shining light to others, to be a beaconing light to others, to be a light
in the darkness, to be a light on that hill. Such that there is going to be some young
man that comes through this program that is going to be a shining light, and is going
to show God’s glory. So, I just want to say thanks to Liberty University
for allowing me to become a Flame. I now know what it is to be a Flame. I will be a Flame
forever, and I wish you guys the glory. Thank you.>>FALWELL: I need that mic.
Thank you, Dennis. I’m so honored to introduce several people
to you today. Chris “COSeezy” Strachan, did I get that
right? He told me four times how to say his last
name. Chris is the founder and leader of Kick’n It.
He’s an LU Alum. He graduated in 2011 with my oldest son.
Kick’n It is a lifestyle brand that utilizes its media platform, network, and love for
sneakers as a tool to bring pop culture and community service together.
Chris produces a number of events and web episodes in dozens of underserved communities
throughout the nation every year. We’re so proud of him as a graduate of Liberty.
He’s really made us all proud, and he’s the reason we exist, is to produce graduates like
him. But Chris’s mom, Pauline, is here with us
today. Give Chris and his mom a hand.
And Stephen Curry’s mom, Sonya, is here. Would you stand, please?
Where is she? Where is she? There! Okay, you’re going to be on the stage in just
a minute, right? Okay, I’ve got you.
I met her several years ago when Steph’s younger brother Seth played for Liberty.
I’m so glad to have the whole family back on campus.
And Ayesha, of course, you’ve already met Ayesha. She spoke here last semester. But Stephen Curry is renowned for his shooting
accuracy. Pro basketball player, Stephen Curry, the
Golden State Warriors, was the first person to be named Most Valuable Player by unanimous
vote in NBA history. He is—all right. What are they putting up
there? Okay, gotcha, gotcha, I got ya. Born in Ohio in 1988 to former NBA player
Dell Curry, who’s been here also. They used to, in fact, Dell and Sonya used
to come watch Seth play often, and we just are so proud to be associated with this family.
But Stephen garnered national attention for his impressive playing at Davidson College.
He was drafted in 2009 by the Golden State Warriors.
He helped the Warriors to four consecutive wins out of the starting gate in 2015, 16,
and propelled the team to an NBA record 73 wins.
It reminded me of—this will show my age, but it reminded me of—. Watching Steph play
reminded me of Michael Jordan play. I think he’s going to be the next Michael
Jordan if he hadn’t already surpassed him. Is that a compliment or an insult? I don’t
know. He demonstrated his unparalleled skills throughout
the season, finishing with an astounding 402 three-pointers, and a league high of 30.1
points per game. And he made me feel good a little while in
the back room. We stood back to back, and I was exactly the same height as him. I told
him, but I only dunked the basketball three times when I played in high school, because
I couldn’t palm the ball. I couldn’t get the timing right.
He said, well you did better than me. I couldn’t dunk until I was a sophomore in college, so
it really got my head swollen up. But I never did anything after high school,
so that’s where he’s got me beat. But anyhow, please welcome to Liberty University,
Stephen Curry. >>NASSER: Hey, everybody, man.
First of all, right off the bat, I know you’re watching this whole thing play out, and you’re
asking the question, are we actually going to get to see basically the best basketball
player on the planet in this moment actually take a shot?
We will be doing that in a little while, so we have that going.
I’ve asked Coach McKay to help me with the Q & A, because he’s a friend of the family,
and obviously just an incredible coach. Can we thank Coach McKay for all he does for
our university? Incredible leader. Chris, brother, what a
hero. It’s amazing.
Can we just go back and start with what is Kick’n it?
And when did that idea get planted in your mind from the Lord?
Explain to us—you’re the reason all this is happening, in once sense today, you partnering
with Emanuel’s vision. Tell us what Kick’n It is.
Tell us how the whole thing got started and how that has become a humanitarian thing as
well if you would. >>CHRIS STRACHAN: I got you, David.
Before I get to that, something I always wanted to do! Liberty, what’s up baby?
I always wanted to do that! Do I have any New Yorkers in the house?
Okay, okay, that’s what’s up. Y’all better turn up though.
We’ve got the world’s greatest shooter in the Vines Center. Y’all better turn up. So, David, back to your question.>>NASSER: You’ve always sat out there, and
you wanted to do that as a Liberty student.>>STRACHAN: Always, always. I’m always the
person standing up and raising my hands when the New Yorkers come in.
No, Kick’n It, Kick’n It is uniting people through the love of footwear and community
service. I always wanted to put smiles on the faces
of people, and I’m very passionate about sneakers, more than anything probably, besides God.
I wanted to—I had to throw that in there. I’m at Liberty! No, I always wanted to be able to use the
things I’m really passionate about to make people smile, but most importantly to bring
people together, and that’s what Kick’n It is. >>NASSER: That’s awesome!>>RITCHIE MCKAY: I’ve got a couple questions
for you.>>STRACHAN: Let’s go, Coach.>>MCKAY: You’re not shy, are you? >>STRACHAN: A little bit. >>MCKAY: A little bit? Are you single?>>STRACHAN: I am.>>NASSER: Anybody here want to meet Steph
Curry today? Any ladies want to meet Steph Curry?
One way some of these ladies could meet Steph Curry is if they go out with you, right?>>STRACHAN: I mean, forget about Steph, ladies!
I need me a Liberty girl!>>MCKAY: We’re just going to put your phone
number up on the big board right there. >>STRACHAN: Come on coach, come on coach.
You can’t be doing that. You can follow me at @COSeezy on Instagram though. Spell it
right C-O-S-E-E-Z-Y.>>MCKAY: So, when you were a student here,
way back in the day, you were one of our managers—unbelievable servant. I knew you were going to be great.
I’m just curious. What was your Liberty experience like?
And Dr. Falwell, our president, is right behind you. Is there anything you want to confess
to him right now in front of everybody? >>STRACHAN: I don’t have anything. I’ve got
four reps to my name. I was late to convo one time; I got four reps. I never got caught?
You’re right. No, I was a great Liberty guy. I came to convo
every day. I never missed curfew. I signed out for three days, never any more.
I abide by the Liberty Way. >>MCKAY: That’s great.>>NASSER: Man, two-time MVP, are you kidding
me? National champ, Olympic winner, just gold – what is the one thing that matters the
most to you out of all of that? I know that God’s given you just a lot of awards, but
you seem to be very out loud about your faith. You seem to be—whether it’s what you do
with the two and the point or what you do with putting verses on your shoes. Tell us
about your faith, what really matters to you. We’d love to hear about just your walk with
the Lord. >>STEPHEN: Yeah, first, thank you to Liberty
for having me. This is an amazing opportunity to be here. Having seen my brother be here
for a little bit, and obviously knowing Chris for almost ten years now, and hearing him
talk about Liberty and his experience here, it’s amazing to kind of be here and feel
the love, and the vibe, and the passion of Christ that’s here. So, I commend you guys
on creating that kind of culture and environment. And part of that is, as you know, just being
confident in your abilities and the platform that God’s given you in life and using that
platform to shine light back to him. That’s the only reason I feel like I do what
I do, and I’ve been blessed with the talents to do what I do.
And so, that, hopefully is your first and foremost when you watch me play, you see that
light shine through. You see the joy that I have for what I do.
And the perspective, like I said, that whether it’s you know like a sign after I make a shot
or the verses that I write on my shoes every day, the Lord’s blessed me with these talents
to do something special. But it’s not about me, and that is something
that I want my career and my life to be a reflection of, is His love, and His grace,
and mercy. Whether I’m winning games, losing games, making
shots, missing shots, it’s all about giving glory to God. >>MCKAY: Sonya, I’m going to ask you a question,
because I got to be a part of your family a little bit when we recruited Seth, and you
guys quickly became the royal family of college basketball.
And I’m just wondering how you did it. Your husband played in the NBA.
You’ve got two boys that love the Lord. They’re unbelievable in their faith and their
character, and you and your daughter are special. As a mom, how did you do it? What was the
key to training them up to be such great representatives of the kingdom?>>SONYA CURRY: Well, first off, like Stephen
said, thank you to Liberty for having us here, for having my daughter-in-law here a couple
of weeks ago. And just – You know, when I came back on campus, you know we left probably
not on a good note with leaving here after Seth’s first year and going to Duke. So, let’s
get that out of the way. When he announced that he was leaving Liberty a few years ago,
he came to Convocation, everybody booed him. Let’s hear it one more time: boo! And then
all the Cleveland fans in here. Let’s here that – “boo!” Let’s get that out of
the way. You can still be Christian and boo; it’s all right. But before I answer that question, I want
to just thank you, Ritchie. And I’ll try not to get emotional about it,
but part of being a parent, what I’ve always prayed about— And that’s the key, is prayer,
because we’re going to make mistakes as parents. We’re going to do the best that we can do,
but we’re going to make mistakes. And, you know, God’s good.
Stephen said praise God for His grace and His mercy for when we make mistakes, but God
knows your heart, and so He’ll continue to carry you forward and lead you and guide you.
But one of the things I prayed for in raising my boys was even in the college, that the
Father would put good men in their path that would continue to be light, an example to
them. And both of my boys, they weren’t highly recruited,
and Ritchie, you saw Seth. You saw what was in Seth, and I never questioned
were you going to continue to instill in him the things that we did at home.
But most of all keep the Word of God in front him, because we’re not guaranteed to be here
every day, but the Word of God will last forever. And when things, people disappoint you and
situations disappoint, you’ve always got God and the Word.
So, I want to thank you and your family for loving on my children as well.
The key to it, to answer your question, is just pray.
It’s just not to be afraid—I say this all the time—not to be afraid to parent.
For you all, your parents, they do the best they can do.
Continue to pray for them, as I now want my children to do for me.
But it works; it works. Prayer works. >>NASSER: Amen. Coach, your wife Julie’s
right there, and I think she does just as much recruiting as you do, right?>>MCKAY: She does.
Honey, would you stand up? I don’t want to do like Jerry Jr. and get
all the love he got when he introduced the first lady, but would you stand up?
This is the greatest woman that I’ve ever met.
I know you’re thinking, you’re thinking, man, he really out-kicked his coverage.
You’re right. And so did you, David. She’s sitting next to your wife Jennifer,
who’s also a great lady. Jennifer, would you stand up? >>NASSER: I didn’t ask you to, Babe. >>MCKAY: That was an upset in itself. >>NASSER: That was an upset! Hashtag pray
for Jennifer, all right? But what I was getting at was you don’t just recruit as a just a
strong Christian coach; you recruit with a team.
And Chris, you were part of the recruiting team. Isn’t that how you got to become a part
of just having really two families in your life? How did you end up meeting? And how
did you meet coach? How did you end up getting to know the Currys?
Tell that story. >>STRACHAN: So, my sophomore year, coach
McKay got hired in the spring. It was two weeks left of school, and we didn’t really
get to know each other. I was just the manager, just the guy washing
laundry and doing all that stuff. But coach, he called me one random day in July.
I’m in the kitchen with my mom, and he gave me a call, and he said, “I’ve been watching
you interact with our players. And I see something in you.”
I don’t know what it was, but he saw something that he says is special, and he told me that
he wanted to create this really cool position for me. And the main part about that was that he wanted
me to get this one kid. He was like, “You notice, did you watch the
tournament this year?” I’m like, “coach, of course I watched the tournament. I watched
it every year.” “Well this guy, Steph Curry, did you see him?”
“Yes Coach, I seen him. He dropped 30.” He’s like, “He has a little brother. Nobody’s
seen him play. His hamstring was hurt. No one got to see him. I want you to make sure
that he comes to this school.” So, he gave me his number, and it was a year
of the recruiting process. He came to visit in the fall, and me and Seth
got attached at the hip just texting every single day. Me letting him know about Liberty
and how amazing this place is, how amazing coach is and how amazing our basketball program
is. And through that, it became a really great
brotherhood. And that was kind of all she wrote.
When Seth took his visit, I hosted him on his visit.
I showed him Liberty my way. I know everybody has their way of doing Liberty.
I had my way of doing Liberty, so I got to take him around and show him what that was,
and he loved it. He even came back and spent the weekend with
me and did it again. And I ended up getting really cool with them,
because, you know, during the basketball season you get a day off during the holidays.
Christmas and Thanksgiving, and you’ve got to come back to practice. Momma Curry always reached out to me and said,
I know New York is really far away and you can’t fly in and get back, so spend the holidays
with us. I would spend, I think I spent every holiday
with them that year, and me and Steph got really cool, closer in age. And after that, Steph went to the league,
and he told me he wanted me to come out with him. So, I ended up in Oakland with Steph,
and we’re family since then.>>MCKAY: That’s great. That’s great. Faithful
before they became famous. Steph, I’ve got a really good relationship
with your brother. In talking to him, I don’t know if we have
that on the screen—that thing that was tweeted out the other day?
He wanted me to let you know.>>STEPH: I knew he’d send that clip in there.>>NASSER: Do you have a slide for how much
money they make in comparison?>>MCKAY: Because he’s been hooping lately—31,
29! You want to speak to who the better shooter is?
Because I think he’s got a different opinion than everybody in here.>>STEPH: He’s always thought he was better
than me from day one, which is how he should think.
So, he’s been, obviously, blessed with opportunity to play in the NBA as well, and kind of create
his own path. And it’s been amazing to watch.
Obviously, I love what I get to do as a job. But to be an older brother that gets to watch
your younger brother, you know, just create his own place in the league is unbelievable.
And really surreal to be honest, because I remember watching him play in this gym.
And teams tried to triple team him as soon as he crossed half-court, and he still found
a way to get a bucket. So, I knew he always had it in him.
And to, I guess, to establish his own place. Knowing what my dad did and what I was able
to do in my career, it’s just unbelievable to watch. And the only thing I can speak to
that is I just got a lot of confidence in my shot.
You shoot 11 threes and you miss all of them, that’s the confidence and the stubbornness,
whatever you want to call it.>>MCKAY: Did you guys ever get in any fights?
Or should I ask your mom? Because I heard there are some stories in
the driveway. >>STEPH: We had a lot of back and forths
growing up and playing one-on-one in our driveway until way past midnight. And my mom had to
come literally drag us out, or back into the house. And we were lucky enough, close enough
in age we got to play varsity basketball together down in Charlotte at Charlotte Christian High
School. There aren’t any Knights in here, are there? Couple Knights in here? Okay, but
we had one situation, my dad was assistant coach, and I was guarding at the top of the
key in our practice at Charlotte Christian my senior year. And he kind of stole the ball
form me and we dove on it, the loose ball. And about twenty minutes later we were still
fighting on the floor trying to figure out who would get the ball. So, my mom could definitely
speak to crazy stories like that, that sibling rivalry that was healthy and made us who we
are. >>NASSER: How do you raise two very strong-willed—?
I know you have three amazing kids. You should write a book on parenting, by the way. I sure
would love to read it and learn from you. How do you raise two incredibly strong-willed
boys like that, and what’s some principles that go behind that? >>SONYA: I don’t think you raise strong-willed;
I think they come out strong willed, and they both did. I mean we’re a very competitive
family as everyone knows. So, Dell and I compete just as much, so I guess they saw that. Anything
we do in the house is a competition, period. So, they came out doing that, but I don’t
think it’s a recipe for raising. I think it’s this is what God had for them. This is their
blessing, and they put in the hard work. They sacrificed. You know, there were some things
they couldn’t go and hang out, and do trips, and things like that. And they developed a
discipline. So, no matter what you do, whether it’s NBA or anything that you do, you’ve got
to have discipline, and you’ve got to put in the hard work. And then God takes care
of the rest of it. So, this was meant for them to be in the positions that they are.
This is their calling, and we say—. They say seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and
all things will be granted unto you. So, everybody’s got a plan and a purpose, and it’s just committing
to it. And it’s hard work. It really is hard work, but we’re never short of competition
and strong-willed in our household. >>MCKAY: Steph I have one more for you—actually
two-part question. Two time MVP, won a championship, lead 8 at Davidson—what’s the basketball
moment you’re most proud of and why? And why number 30?>>STEPH: Wow, moment I’m most proud of is
probably winning the championship. That’s the only real reason you play the game and
you put the time and the hard work. And for me, individual accolades are great, and something
that at the end of my career I can maybe look back and say that was pretty cool, but when
you join forces with 14 other guys and you go through ten months of just grueling competition—my
mom used the word sacrifice—and just the ups and downs of what we do at a sport. When
you get to stand on a podium and celebrate together, that’s what it’s all about. I’ll
hopefully get back there very soon. Why number 30? My dad wore it from the time
he started playing middle school basketball bac in Virginia, up in Shenandoah Valley.
And he wore it high school, college, pros, and I’m obviously in the family business,
so to be able to represent my family with just that symbol of number 30 means a lot.
Yeah, I hope to, obviously, make him proud and continue to use this stage that I have. Oh, what have you got over here? >>STRACHAN: That’s dope! That’s dope!>>STEPH: I got the second Curry Liberty Jersey.>>MCKAY: Seth will think that’s his! Seth
think it’s in the rafters, actually. And then we also got the practice jersey for CoSeezy. >>STRACHAN: Oh, okay. I got the practice
one, okay! Okay, it’s all good!>>NASSER: He’s got a limited budget. >>STEPH: That’s amazing.>>STRACHAN: I always wanted one of these. >>NASSER: Hey, CoSeezy, take us back, man,
like real quick. I know you’ve been on the phone. One thing I really appreciate you as
a leader, is we kicked up the idea, and then since then you’ve been hard at work at it.
But not just trying to blow this up on social media, but you’ve been in contact with Emanuel
a lot. You guys have been praying together, dreaming together. Tonight, the story’s going
to blow their minds when they hear what all has been happening. Take us through this.
You’re only a year old in Kick’n It? And this is the third time you’re doing humanitarian
work? That’s amazing. Tell them a little bit about what you’re doing, you and Emanuel’s
relationship, and what we want to see happen through this.>>STRACHAN: So, Emanuel is a really dope
dude. No, for real. This dude can sing.
Ladies, y’all better holler at him! This dude can sing, all that. But no, we’ve been in contact texting each
other back and forth for the past month or so, yeah. Amazing dude, I love what he’s doing.
Everything he’s doing is right up my alley, so when you told me about what was going on,
my eyes lit up and the wheels started turning. I got with the team, and we wanted to kick
it for a cause. And that’s what we came up with this right
here, to get all these kicks right here. How crazy is that, all those kicks? And just coming
together with him and just being able to talk about not only what we have going on, but
just talk about him and his family and what’s going on over there, how people are getting
these diseases, because they don’t have sneakers. We all have a bunch of sneakers in our closet
that we don’t use just collecting dust. Why can’t we just get one pair and send them
over there and change some of these lives? One of those kids out there can become something
amazing, create something amazing, and we don’t want to hinder them because they don’t
have a pair of sneakers. Like let’s help them out. And Emanuel started
this thing, and I’m just jumping on his wave and trying to help out what he has going on. >>MCKAY: Man, I love what you’re doing. You,
Dennis Coleman mentioned the diversity on our campus which is beautiful. I’m amazed
at our student body. This is the best student body in the world. And the cause—yeah, give
yourselves a hand, yep. The cause, I mean you can look down the rows. It’s not about a brand—Steph’s Under Armor.
Eric Lautenbach, the director of college basketball for Nike—stand up, Big E. He donated 500
pairs of shoes. He came from the Duke-Florida state game last night—drove up here at 6
a.m. to be with us, so thank you, man. I love you. But man, we just thank you. You’re
a blessing to our campus, and appreciate you being one of us.>>STRACHAN: Thank you, this place is amazing,
and just to be able to be here and to represent the university out in the world means everything
to me. This place means everything to me, such a special place. For me to sit here right
now and do this is so crazy to me. I don’t have, you guys don’t even understand. Like
I was doing what you’re doing right now every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, checking in
with the RA. I was doing that, so for me to be sitting up here right now is amazing to
me. Thank you all for coming, and thank you all for donating shoes.>>NASSER: Hey Steph, you got Under Armor
to donate 500 pairs of shoes as well, and he bought 500 pairs himself to donate in.
And Sonya, last night we went, and we got to pick Ms. Sonya up and take her up to the
game. And you had the bag, and you brought shoes to donate as well. So, thank you for
that. Thanks for not just putting your name into
it, but just actually, literally going into your closet and thinking, I want to make a
difference as well. Thousands of our students are going to join
forces with you. What you’re seeing right here, by the way, is about 2,000 pairs. We’re
already about 20,000 pairs, and we’re going to way surpass that. So, let’s celebrate that
together. Thank you. Thank you, brother. Thank you all
so much. All right, we’ve got some rapid-fire questions
that we’re going to throw your way, all right? So, I’m going to ask a question, and then
you answer real quick. You answer real quick; we’ll go to the next question. You ready?
Favorite movie? >>STEPH: The Count of Monte Cristo. Really?
Respect.>>STRACHAN: That’s a good one, Steph. Mine
is Inception.>>STEPH: Oh, that’s good.>>STRACHAN: You feel me? >>MCKAY: Does Sonya get to answer? >>SONYA: No, no, no, no, no.>>NASSER: Yeah! Favorite movie?>>MCKAY: You’re not in rapid fire? All right.
Chris, TV show. Favorite TV show?>>STRACHAN: My favorite TV show is Entourage.
I feel like our life is like Entourage, for real. Definitely, shout out to HBO, Entourage.>>NASSER: You’re supposed to say Ayesha’s
cooking show.>>STRACHAN: Yeah, that’s who—I was on that.
Ayesha, she’s amazing.>>MCKAY: You messed that up man. You try
to reel that in. You messed that up.>>NASSER: There ya go. Favorite TV show? >>STEPH: Seasoned Life on Food Network. Seasons
one and two coming up in the fall. Come on! >>STRACHAN: Check out episode one. Your boy
was on there. >>NASSER: We walked in the green room. We
have a cereal bar. What I mean is we’ve got just a bunch of jars of different kinds of
cereal. You lit up, so I know the answer, but tell them. Favorite cereal?>>STEPH: Apple Jacks. I got a lot of boos
on that one.>>STRACHAN: I like Captain Crunch All Berries.
I know!>>NASSER: Our President likes that!>>MCKAY: All right, craziest fan story?>>STRACHAN: Me or Steph? >>NASSER: Sonya?>>STRACHAN: Steph, you got it.>>MCKAY: You go ahead. Yeah, you go ahead.>>STEPH: Probably, a fan brought, no lie,
a poster of my daughter’s face probably four times the size of this jury and brought it
to an appearance I had. Me and Ayesha actually grabbed it, and we fake took a picture kissing
our daughter. Which was kind of—. It made it into a very emotional moment, but for somebody
to bring a picture of a three-year-old head blown up as some huge poster, had to question
it just a little bit. >>MCKAY: Is Riley around? She not here?>>STEPH: Riley’s got school just like everybody
else here. She’s got a life of her own. >>NASSER: You got a fan story? >>STRACHAN: So, I tell—. Chris, probably
his favorite fan story is probably when we’re walking down the street somewhere or walking
anywhere, he’ll walk two steps behind just to watch everybody’s face as I walk by. And
they’ll do like the double take, and like that’s his favorite thing just to watch people’s
reactions.>>STRACHAN: I love it, for real. You’ve got
to see it. They see Steph Curry, like everything just—their whole world lights up. It’s crazy,
man. She knows. >>NASSER: I know the worship collective is
your favorite band, but outside of that what kind of music are you listening to right now?>>STEPH: My favorite artist right now is
Lecrae. That’s my guy.>>NASSER: He’s been here. We asked him again,
but he’s really expensive. Maybe you want to text him, tell him to come back?>>STEPH: I’m going to see him in Atlanta
in a couple days. I’ll put in a good word.>>STRACHAN: Man, favorite, I don’t know if
I’m allowed to say my favorite music at Liberty. I might add to those four reps. >>NASSER: You got the thumbs up from the
president.>>STRACHAN: So right now, Fuse just dropped
is new couple albums. I’m on that right now, yeah! I’m on that right now. You feel me!
But yeah, and Drake drops on March 4th! >>SONYA: Bruno Mars, come on, Bruno Mars.>>MCKAY: Did you see your mom? She just went
like this. >>STRACHAN: Sorry mom. My mom is Jamaican.
She probably wants me to throw out some old school Jamaican vibes.>>MCKAY: Let me go off script. Favorite coach
not named Krzyzewski, Kerr, or Jackson. >>STEPH: McKillop—I got you. Davidson’s
head coach Bob McKillop who is 28 years at—. I might have deserved that. 28 years at Davidson.
He’s done an amazing job, so I’m going to take that jersey back.>>MCKAY: Yeah, God’s grace.>>STRACHAN: Mine’s Coach McKay, so let’s
put my practice jersey up. I’ll take that place.>>MCKAY: Hold that up. Give us your handle
again.>>STRACHAN: Coach, do you see it?>>NASSER: Favorite, what are you watching
on Netflix right now? What are you just binge watching? >>STEPH: Only because of Ayesha, I watch
Chef’s Table. She’s got me on that. I’m trying to diversify myself a little bit. So, we’re
watching our Chef’s Table. >>NASSER: Is there a whole Chef’s Table dedicated
to Apple Jacks? Not yet?>>STEPH: That was the pilot episode.>>NASSER: The pilot episode?
What are you watching on Netflix?>>STRACHAN: Right now, I don’t if it’s on
Netflix, but Billions is back on, so I’m watching Billions. But I’m waiting for Game of Thrones
to come back on. That’s my favorite show. Shout out to HBO. This crowd feels me today.>>NASSER: Man, everything you’re said about
music, Netflix, movies is against our Liberty way, so—. >>MCKAY: You’ve changed.>>NASSER: But the good thing is, I keep looking
back at my boss and he keeps thumbing up, like that’s good. Drake? Let’s have Drake
at Convo!>>STRACHAN: That would be good! >>NASSER: Yeah, forget texting Lecrae.
Can you text Drake? >>SONYA: Remember prayer? You remember that
thing called prayer. That’s what, prayer. Momma, we got it, right? >>MCKAY: You did say you wanted to get a
Liberty girl to hang out with you, right?>>STRACHAN: Yeah, I need a, yeah, I definitely
need that.>>NASSER: Well I’ve got an idea. We’ve got
a couple of candidates where people posted videos, and I think there are some ladies
in that. Tell us about that? Let’s watch one of those. >>STRACHAN: Sure, I think that we’re going
to show the one that we picked to win, right? Those three were dope.>>NASSER: Well, those two ladies went to
Walmart, right? Sarah’s was amazing. You got to pick these.
Tell us a little bit about that one, and tell them who wins.
The winner gets to come back and meet you and meet the Curry family. >>STRACHAN: Sarah and the group that she
was with, you guys killed that. Y’all bodied that. For real, went to Walmart. Where’s Sarah?
Sarah, you over there? What up Sarah? You killed that. >>NASSER: You did a great job, Sarah.>>STRACHAN: You killed it. And then my man
with the ram? Yo! Bars! Barse! For real, I think all two of you need to come back, for
real. But my favorite one, that’s a really—I’m not hating on anyone, because y’all killed
it—but Caleb, with the editing? Caleb, where you at Caleb?
Man, I’m going to need you on the Kick’n It team, bro. I think that was my favorite one. >>NASSER: Let’s show Caleb’s.>>CALEB: Every year, thousands of people
in the Congo suffer from foot disease. These diseases could be prevented with something
as simple as proper footwear. Stephen Curry and Kick’n It for a Cause has teamed up with
Liberty University to try to donate 40,000 pairs of shoes to the Convo. These are the
pairs of shoes I’m donating for this one cause. And you too can get involved with something
bigger than yourself, so get involved.>>NASSER: Caleb, congratulations; you’re
the winner. Caleb, as soon as we’re done and we dismiss here, if you’ll come and look for
Ashley, she’ll bring you back stage so you can take a picture and meet. Hey, we, like
I told you, we thought it’d be great for us to do something to give even more to this
great cause. We’ve asked Steph, and Chris, and Coach, and I’ve even convinced our president
to come down. We’re going to take some shots. For everything they make, we’re going to make
some money for a very good cause. Let’s put our hands together for all these great folks.
Let’s all come down and take some shots. >>NASSER: All right, now—hey, hey, hey.
All right, all right, all right, all right. All right, turn that music down. Turn that
music down. All right, let me tell you what we’re going. Let me tell you what we’re doing.
All right, here’s what’s going on, guys. The very first thing we’re going to do, is we’re
going to do this for 200 bucks a shot. Everything that happens here, if we make the basket,
we’ll give 200 bucks, right here from free throw. Let’s see, Coach, you should go first.
Come on; give it up for coach, 200 bucks.>>MCKAY: The first one? >>NASSER: No sir, you don’t get two. Come
on. Chris, come on up. Come on, Chris everybody. Give it up for Chris. Chris, this is for your
charity, buddy. We got your mic; we got your mic. Let’s do it. 200 bucks. Oh! All right,
come on everybody. Your president, my president, Jerry! Do it for the kids in Congo, Jerry.
No pressure! Yeah! All right, ladies and gentlemen. Ladies and gentlemen, Ayesha Curry, Ayesha
Curry, Ayesha Curry, Ayesha! You can come all the way up here. You just braggin’! Oh!
All right. All right, we’re going to back up a little from the three. We’ve heard you’ve
made a few threes. Come on everybody, Steph’s going to go for 3. 500 bucks, but you got
to back up a little! Oh! That kind of felt like the All Stars. Do it again, Steph. >>STEPH: I already missed like ten half court
shots down in New Orleans last week, so it can’t get any worse than that.>>NASSER: Oh, we’re 500 in! That’s awesome!
Sonya, will you take a shot for charity? Come on; put your hands together. Come on. This
is where it all started. Yes ma’am, you can do free throw. Oh, that’s pretty good. Oh,
she’s taking the jacket off now. Come on Ms. Sonya. Oh, man! All right, let’s back up to
half court. You want to take a three? Ayesha’s going to take a three. We’re going to back
up to half court in a minute. Oh, awesome! Emmanuel, hey, everything you see today is
his fault. Come on, give it up for Emmanuel, everybody. Wherever you want. Oh! That’s amazing!
All right, let’s back up to half-court. Steph, Steph man, take three half-court shots. 500
bucks each. Come right here in the middle if you would. Steph’s going to take 3 half-court
shots, 500 bucks each. Right here, bud, right here. Three in a row, let’s do this. 500 bucks
each time! Oh! Come on in MVP. Oh! All right, all right, here it is. The last one, the big
one. Steph, this one right here, I’m not kidding you, we got it in our budget, is for 10,000
dollars. 10,000 dollars. Hey, no pressure. But this one’s for kids in Africa. I don’t
know why you don’t love kids! 10,00 dollars right here! Oh! Com on everybody! Hey, put
your hands together for everybody! Amazing! Coach McKay, half court right here. Right
here, Coach McKay, last one. Coach, this one is for five dollars, right here, half-court.
Oh! All right, come on; put your hands together everybody, for all our bright folks. Come
on! All right, hey, Ayesha, will you come on up
as well just for a second. Chris, come on up.
Hey, we always ask the very last question as the same question. How can we pray for
you as a family? We’re so grateful for your testimony for the Lord. Chris, brother thank
you so much, Sonya, incredible what God is doing through your family. How can we be praying
right now for you, and how can we be praying for you guys?>>STRACHAN: Just pray that—this world is
such a dark place. We just want to put smiles on everybody’s faces, man, and spread positivity,
and let young people know that self-esteem is a truly big thing. You really have to believe
in yourself, put God first, and keep that in your mind at all times. Just smile man.
Don’t let social media get into your head and make you think that that’s real life.
Really smile and do something for somebody else.>>NASSER: That’s awesome. Ayesha, how can
we be praying for your family? By the way, can we thank this family for their witness
for the Kingdom?>>AYESHA: I think for us, especially with
social media and all that, the world is so noisy and cloudy. And I think that just praying
that we keep that fire ignited inside of us for God and don’t lose sight of what the cause
is and who we’re doing everything for. And so, I think just pray for our relationship
with God and that we just keep our flames lit. >>STRACHAN: That was dope, Ayshe. >>NASSER: Normally we pray, but I’m going
to ask Ms. Sonya to pray. Can I just tell you, last night we had the privilege of getting
to go to Washington to pick you up for this moment? And I watched you, after the game—I
know you were just worn out—I watched you hang out with your 35, 40 family members,
the way you were just loving, and patient, and caring. It’s obvious that you are a family
man, and I think that’s been handed down to you as a generation after generation kind
of thing. Sonya, thank you. Thank you for raising up children in the ways of the Lord.
I know you always pray for them. Would you just allow to pray with you? Lead us in this
prayer.>>SONYA: Well, Heavenly Father, we thank
You so much for this day. We thank You, Father for all Your many blessings.
We thank You, Father, for this opportunity to come together and have Your name lifted
on high. Father, I thank You for this university, Liberty University.
I ask that you bless the leadership. I ask that you bless the staff. I ask that you bless
the students, and Father, you continue to lead them and guide them.
But Father, my heart reaches out to You today to pray for each and every one of these students,
Father. Their paths are just beginning. And, Father, it’s crazy out there.
You know, You know what they’re up against.
Each individual one of them, Father You know, because you created them.
So, Father, I ask that you pour out your Holy Spirit upon them. Father, that You remind
them that the plans that you have for them are to prosper them and not to harm them all
the days of their lives. And that all things are possible, Father God,
through You, and to not let this world discourage them, Father.
Father, we thank You for Your love. We thank You for Your grace and Your mercy,
and we thank You for your Son, Jesus Christ, Father.
Because if it wasn’t for Him and that beautiful gift that You gave us, we couldn’t even approach
You with our praises and our requests, Father. So, I ask this in the name of Your
Son Jesus, Father, Amen. >>NASSER: Amen. Can we thank Chris?
Incredible job, brother. Thank you, guys. Hey, don’t forget, tonight’s Campus Community
is going to be an amazing night. You do not want to miss it. We’ll see you.
If you’re dropping off a shoe, put it in a bin. If not, bring it tonight.
God bless you guys. You’re dismissed!