Stephen Curry's latest shot is a Cool Golf Thing

It's good from long-range.
Stephen Curry's donation to restart the Howard University golf program is a modest but crucial "grow-the-game" initiative everyone can get behind.

Golf and other professional sports stars in the midst of their careers have traditionally kept each other at arm's length. Being too visible on the golf course has often raised eyebrows from fans and management about whether a highly-paid athlete is doing everything possible to contribute to a given team's success.

But even during the prime of what seems a surefire Hall-of-Fame career, NBA superstar Steph Curry has embraced golf in a way few fellow athletes have. Anyone who loves the game and wants others to love it should be proud to note the announcement earlier this week that Curry will be donating the funds to help restart the men's and women's golf programs at Howard University, located in Washington, D.C. Thanks to a reportedly seven-figure sum Curry has provided for disbursement over six years, with the intention of forging a sustainably self-funding program, golf makes a return to the historically black university for the first time since the 1970s. Callaway is also involved, vowing to provide equipment for Howard's teams once they get going in the 2020-21 season.

For much of its history, golf has been primarily a wealthy white man's game. In the last 20-plus years, Tiger Woods' stardom has challenged that stereotype to a great extent, inspiring new golfers from a wide demographic range. The National Golf Foundation cites a significant recent rise in junior golf participation among nonwhites,from 6% 20 years ago to nearly 25% nowadays. Greater diversity among golfers enables the game's fun and virtues to benefit more people, and while Curry's initiative won't add millions of golfers overnight, it's a "grow-the-game" gesture that may appear modest in the grand scheme, but it's potentially steadier and longer-lasting than any marketing slogan.

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Tim Gavrich is a Senior Writer for GolfPass. Follow him on Twitter @TimGavrich and on Instagram @TimGavrich.
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Curry’s contribution to Howard’s golf program will impact many lives. Great assist from Callaway. As a golfer and proud parent of a Howard Alum, this news does my heart good. Thank you Steph and Callaway.
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Way Steph Curry for building the game through funding donations and holey moley! Great to see inner city support. This could change peoples lifes. I've gotten to meet people from all over the world in my 55+ years of playing a challenging game.

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Way to go Steph! Now have the team putt through!

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A black college. Oh no, that's not a racist thing, is it? Double standards prevail when it comes to political correctness. And we wonder why the world is upside down....

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Yes, the reason there are "historically black colleges", such as Howard, is racism. If you're not familiar with the history of how these schools came to be, do yourself a favor and spend a few minutes Googling the subject. Try not to be too hard on yourself once you've learned a little bit: We've all said incredibly stupid things on occasion.

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So happy to know golf is so well supported by Mr.Curry. I use to think golf was a retirees’ sport. Thank God for being wrong.

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