An American sports hero made Laie his home for the 4th of July weekend.
Golden State Warriors guard and reigning back-to-back NBA most valuable player Stephen Curry hosted an overnight camp on the campus of BYU-Hawaii that ended Tuesday.
“To bring it down here to Hawaii, I know there’s a lot of Warriors supporters down here,” Curry said. “They get to watch all of our games with the time difference and all of that, so being able to come down and share, to embrace Dub Nation in Hawaii, I think that’s a really cool experience.”
The camp featured instruction and one-on-one games with Curry.
“I know there’s a lot of kids here, about 90 kids from Hawaii that are here with us, so I don’t know if they get that opportunity elsewhere,” Curry said. “I think it’s a pretty cool experience for campers, for parents to enjoy the game of basketball and that’s what we’re here to do.”
Curry spoke with University of Hawaii head basketball coach Eran Ganot during the camp, and surprised campers in their dorms at night pretending to be a pizza delivery man and jokingly conducting room checks.
“I know they all have a passion for the game of basketball. We hopefully gave them some skills and some drills and experiences to take home with them so that they continue to get better,” Curry said. “I know we genuinely have fun and that’s the biggest thing that we wanted to have happen here at camp.”
Curry is the second NBA star to host a camp in Laie this summer. Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker held his camp in June.