Steph Curry greeting kids at the launch of his Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation on July 18, 2019, in Oakland, Calif.
Photo: Kimberly White (Getty Images for Eat. Learn. Play)

Basketball great Steph Curry on Monday pledged to fund a new golf program at Howard University, with a gift to be made over six years to give the HBCU time to build a Division I sports program.

While Curry is well-known for his prowess on the basketball court, he is also an avid golfer who has played since childhood and played competitively while in college at Davidson, CBS Sports notes.

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“Golf is a sport that has changed my life in ways that are less tangible, but just as impactful,” Curry said in a press release. “I feel really honored to play a small role in the rich history of Howard University.”

Curry’s gift, described only as being in the “seven-figure” range, is one of the largest made to Howard in its 152-year history, the Washington Post reports.

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“We haven’t had people do that for athletics,” Howard President Wayne A.I. Frederick said Monday. “It’s significant.”

And it all came about as a result of an encounter Curry had earlier this year with a Howard student during a screening of the Curry-produced documentary Emanuel, about the 2015 massacre of nine parishioners at Charleston, S.C.’s Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

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After the screening, student Otis Ferguson hit up Curry about getting in a golf game. While that didn’t happen, the two did discuss their mutual love of the sport, and when Ferguson shared that Howard didn’t have a golf program, an idea was born.

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“To hear somebody as passionate about the game as I was, all the while still pursuing their education at Howard…impacted me,” Curry told the Post.

Howard, which hasn’t offered golf since the 1970s, according to the Post, is looking to start a men’s and women’s golf program in time for the 2020-2021 school year.