Christian basketball star: ‘I play for God’s glory’

A Christian basketball player has shared how he uses his sporting talents to give ‘glory to God’.

Stephen Curry plays for the Golden State Warriors in the NBA and recently spoke out about his faith at a charity event he attended for children in need in Africa.

“The Lord has blessed me with these talents to do something special. But it is not about me. That is something that I want my career and my life to be a reflection of His love and His grace and mercy,” he said.

‘Glory to God’

Whether it is winning games, losing games, making shots, missing shots it is all about giving glory to God.

Stephen Curry

His team were crowned NBA champions in 2015 and he is also the holder of numerous individual records including twice being named as basketball’s Most Valuable Player (2015, 2016).

By winning the award last year, he became the first ever player to do so in a unanimous vote of media members.

But despite all of his success on the court, Curry says his faith is his main focus.

“Whether it is winning games, losing games, making shots, missing shots it is all about giving glory to God.”

Parental influence

Curry is well known for playing each game with his favourite Bible verse Philippians 4:13 written on his shoes: “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”

He previously shared his testimony in an article for Fellowship of Christian Athletes Magazine.

Curry wrote: “I remember it like it was yesterday, the day I gave my life to Christ. I was in fourth grade, and I recall hearing and understanding the gospel of Jesus Christ and walking down the aisle to give my life to Him.

“My parents continued to pour into my faith from that point on, making sure I understood the commitment I’d just made.”

‘Witness for Christ’

Speaking after his team won the NBA title in 2015, he said: “Each game is an opportunity to be on a great stage and be a witness for Christ.

“When I step on the floor, people should know who I represent, who I believe in.”

The 29-year-old went on to say: “There are so many things we have to overcome in this life with Jesus, His work on the cross, He’s paid the ultimate price for us so I’m proud to be a child of God.”