On April 4, 2021, Curry wore a custom pair of sneakers that depicted martial arts icon, Bruce Lee and his family, to show solidarity with the Asian community following the Atlanta shooting on March 16. Following the tragic shooting, Curry reached out to the Bruce Lee Foundation in hopes to lend his voice and use his platform to spark conversation and change regarding the increased violence against the AAPI community.
As a result of the conversation, Curry sported a bright yellow and black customized sneakers with a hand-painted piece portrait piece by Kreative Custom Kicks, depicting the martial arts legend, who prior to his death, was a champion for equal rights. A quote from Lee stating, “Under the heavens, there is only family,” was also featured on the shoe.
Curry comments on the recent violence against the Asian community saying, “After all we have been through this past year, let alone in the history of our country, people still deal with unnecessary tragedy and are afraid for their lives. We have to do better. We have so many faithful Asian American fans that have supported me along this amazing journey. We represent them on the court and I feel the love no matter where I go. The shoes are a small way in which I can stand with this community, honor and support the victims of this tragedy, while also bringing awareness to Lee’s timeless teachings. We are all human beings on a quest to fulfill our purpose and that energy should be used to uplift and love each other to the fullest. Anything else is a waste of our existence.”
The sneakers have reached over $10,000 USD in bids so far. Those interested can bid online at Goldin Auctions until May 22. All proceeds from the auction will be donated via Asian Americans Advancing Justice to the individual families affected by the Atlanta shooting., as well as Atlanta based programs dedicated to Asian American advancement.
Steph Curry’s game used shoes from 4/4, honoring Asian Americans after the Atlanta shooting, are being auctioned off on @GoldinAuctions. All proceeds will go to Asian Americans Advancing Justice in Atlanta. pic.twitter.com/zpke0Sd5or
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) May 11, 2021
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