Here’s how Steph Curry spent his pregame in Miami, with a young cancer-stricken fan from Niagara Falls. pic.twitter.com/iHhWZXrnpl
— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) February 25, 2016
Before Stephen Curry took the floor against the Miami Heat, before he drained two crucial threes to ice the game for good, the reigning league MVP took some time after his pre-game warm-up to make someone’s day.
As documented by Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press, Curry met four-year-old Shawn Kennedy from Niagara Falls, New York. Kennedy has a rare brain cancer called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma. Mike Esposito, a longtime friend of Warriors coach Steve Kerr who also happens to be a Niagara Falls resident, heard about Kennedy’s condition and arranged a meet-and-greet about an hour before the game.
“I just read a couple months ago that Shawn’s idol was Steph Curry,” Esposito told Reynolds. “I emailed Steve and within an hour, half-an-hour, he emailed back and said, ‘We’ve got you.'”
Curry gave Kennedy the sneakers he used to warm up and wrote keep being brave on them. He also took Kennedy and his brother, Shawn, into the Warriors’ locker room. Kerr made an appearance, as well.
“He’s going to go home and talk about this all day. He really is. He’s not going to stop talking about it,” Kennedy’s mother told the AP.
Coupled with Curry’s dramatic late-game performance, Wednesday had to be a night to remember for Kennedy, whose condition is said to be improving, and his family. Well done by Curry, Kerr and the Warriors organization.
(Via the Associated Press)