Thanks to Jim Burke, I learned about an article written last month in the Players Tribune by Stephen Curry, Underrated.

He writes about how he has dealt with being underrated most of his life, and how he has turned that into a strength. In the article, he announces that he’s sponsoring a basketball camp for young players who were underrated as he was as a teenager and beyond.

In addition to the quote at the top of this post, it also contains several more gems:

And I think that’s one of the biggest things I’ve really come to understand about myself over the last 17 years: The way that underrated might start off as just some feeling the world imposes on you. But if you figure out how to harness it?

It can become a feeling that you impose on the world.


And this is how he describes his camp:

A camp for kids who love to hoop, and are looking for the chance to show scouts that their perceived weaknesses might actually be their secret strengths.

And most of all?

A camp for anyone who just isn’t willing to let the rest of the world write their story.


I’m thinking of having students read the entire article, or perhaps a portion, and then respond to this prompt:

What do you think Stephen Curry means when he talks about the importance of writing your own story? To what extent do you agree (or disagree) with what he is saying? To support your opinion, be sure to include specific examples drawn from your own experience, your observations of others, or any of your readings.


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