MCLEAN, Va., Nov. 17, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Golden State Warriors basketball star Stephen Curry will serve as the new national spokesperson for ThanksUSA, a charitable organization that provides millions of dollars in scholarship aid to the families of American service men and women.
"Like all of us, Stephen recognizes that the freedom to pursue our dreams is protected by the nation's service men and women, and we owe them and their families a great debt," said ThanksUSA Chairman Bob Okun. "Joining the ThanksUSA team is Stephen's way of paying it forward, and we are thrilled to have him play a key role in our campaign to assist military families."
Among his duties as ThanksUSA's national spokesperson, Curry will headline and sponsor a fundraising golf tournament next fall on the Warriors home turf near San Francisco. He'll also take ThanksUSA's message to people across the country through Public Service Announcements and community outreach. The announcement was first made last night at a special reception held for Curry in Oakland by the Bay Area Council in recognition of his role in helping Team USA win the gold medal at this summer's FIBA World Championships.
"The ability to partner with an organization like ThanksUSA that supports our troops and promotes educational values was inspiring to me," said Curry. "I am eager to help raise money and awareness for the men, women and their families who do so much to protect our country. They deserve our help and I am excited to do my part."
ThanksUSA awards needs-based scholarships to children and spouses of active-duty members of the military across all services, the Reserves and the National Guard for college, university and vocational or technical schools. Since its inception in 2005, the non-profit, non-partisan charitable effort has awarded 2,200 scholarships, totaling more than $6 million, to military families in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Curry, 22, was the 7th overall selection by the Warriors in the 2009 NBA Draft. Currently, he ranks second on the team in scoring (19.4 ppg) and first in assists (6.1). The Charlotte, NC native finished second in the NBA Rookie of the Year balloting last season while averaging 17.5 ppg and lead all rookies in assists, steals, 3-point percentage and free throw percentage. Curry was also a unanimous All-Rookie first-team selection last year.
"By showing his support on the sports field, Stephen is sending a message to those on the battlefield that America will help care for their families, as they care for ours," said Okun.
For more information and to support ThanksUSA's scholarship fund, please visit www.ThanksUSA.org.
Founded in the fall of 2005, ThanksUSA, a non-partisan 501(c) (3) organization, is an effort to thank the men and women of our armed forces and their families for their service to the country with the gift of education. The organization provides need-based, posts-secondary education opportunities to the children and spouses of active-duty status military personnel through competitive scholarships. For more information, visit www.ThanksUSA.org.