Barack Obama Rumors
While the Capitals are playing hockey in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the President of the United Sates is hosting the 2016 White House Correspondents’ Dinner, an event where political journalists and celebrities mix, mingle and perhaps get to speak to the President himself. John Wall was in attendance for the dinner after accepting an invitation from USA Today. Along the way, he briefly met and posed for a photo alongside model Kendall Jenner. Jenner is the daughter of former Olympic decathlete Caitlyn Jenner (formerly known as Bruce), and part of the Kardashian family. So, she was once Kris Humphries’ sister in law.
For the fourth consecutive year, Curry has been a champion for the United Nation Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign, a grassroots initiative aimed at protecting children in Africa from malaria. For each one of his three-pointers, Curry sends three insecticide-treated mosquito nets to sub-Saharan Africa, good for 3,663 nets over the past four seasons. In 2013 Curry traveled to Tanzania with Nothing But Nets and Sports Illustrated columnist Rick Reilly to distribute bed nets in a refugee camp and see his work first-hand. It was Reilly’s initial column on the back page of SI that brought attention to the issue, in which he challenged readers to donate $10 to send nets.
Say what you will about the ice bucket challenge for ALS, but according to Business Insider, the viral stunt raised $220 million dollars. It’s impossible to know yet what type of impact the #CallYourShot campaign could yield, but it’s a social challenge nonetheless, kickstarted by the NBA’s trick shot wizard. For comparison’s sake, the ice bucket challenge reached a tipping point due to a Boston College baseball player. Curry challenged Dub Nation and his brother Seth, and he also called out TNT’s Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal. It’s possible his popularity could catalyze the trend throughout the playoffs. Obama, who has worked with Curry on other initiatives and is adamant about making this a legacy issue, mentioned the fight against malaria in his final State of the Union.
Approximately 15 minutes before the Golden State Warriors tipped off their first-round series against the Houston Rockets on Saturday afternoon, the NBA Countdown on ABC aired a public service announcement featuring Stephen Curry and President Obama.
It was aired as a part of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership’s “In Real Life” campaign, which goes hand-in-hand with President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, which also focuses on the the influence that becoming a mentor can have on keeping children on the right track.
President Barack Obama has teamed with reigning NBA MVP Stephen Curry on a public service announcement calling for Americans to mentor youth in their community to make a positive impact. The video was shown Saturday on ABC’s “NBA Countdown” ahead of Curry’s playoff opener with the defending champion Golden State Warriors against the Houston Rockets on Saturday.
President Obama did not mince words when asked about the record breaking season of Golden State Warriors’ point guard Stephen Curry. “Steph Curry is the greatest shooter that I’ve ever seen. I am having more fun watching him than anybody since Michael Jordan,” President Obama said, recalling a late February game during which Curry scored 46 points, tied an NBA record of hitting 12 three-pointers in a single game and helped his team win a playoff spot six-weeks ahead the cutoff.