Stephen Curry, the Christian Golden State Warriors point guard, recently opened up about his relationship with Jesus Christ and how that inspires his hand signals after making big plays on the basketball court.
Curry, 26, took time out to reflect on his Christian faith when speaking to Christian sports apparel brand, Active Faith. According to the Christian athlete, his relationship with Jesus Christ started around middle school.
"My parents had us in church every Sunday, every Wednesday. It was more of a tradition at that point, I didn't have a personal relationship with the Lord until I went to the altar call one Sunday and the youth pastor told us to make a decision for ourselves," Curry told Active Faith. "The youth pastor told us we had to make a decision for our self, we couldn't rely on our parents. It had to be a decision on our own, and that's when I made it."
Curry went on to explain why he takes pride in his Christian faith.
"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," Curry told Active Faith.
While the NBA All-Star has had to deal with injuries during his basketball career, he admitted that the tough times have brought him closer to Christ. Now, he uses the platform that he has to glorify God in different ways like pointing upwards after making big plays.
"I try to use every game as an opportunity to witness. I try to do a little signal every time I make a shot as a way to preach the message in little ways that I can," Curry revealed. "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."
Curry is releasing his signature sneaker for Under Armour on Feb. 13, called The Curry One.
During a recent Q&A session, the athlete spoke in detail about his faith after one member of the media questioned him about the meaning of the 4:13 that he made sure was placed at the bottom of some of the sneakers' tongues. Inside the tongue reads, "I can do all things," which comes from Philippians 4:13 which reads "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." (KJV).
Curry spoke about his idea to include the phrase in his first signature shoe for Under Armour.
"It represents a Bible verse I wear on my shoe," Curry told the media, according to Rapzilla reports. "Philippians 4:13. It says 'I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.' It's also my mantra, how I get up for games and why I play the way I do."