'I had a great week in the American Century event in Lake Tahoe in July and got my handicap down to scratch. I'm not sure I could play to that now.'

Stephen Curry

Growing up in North Carolina, where he co-hosts the Curry Celebrity Classic, Stephen learned about golf—and charity—from his dad, Dell, a former Charlotte Hornet who played 16 seasons in the NBA. In addition to Stephen establishing his ThanksUSA tournament for scholarships in California's Bay Area, where he led the Golden State Warriors in scoring, assists and steals last season, Curry is an ambassador for Nothing But Nets (NBN), a foundation that combats malaria among refugees across Africa.

He first embraced the cause while playing for Davidson College, through his roommate's BuzzKill Foundation. Last season, after pledging $10 for every three-pointer he scored, Stephen proceeded to establish an NBA record with 272 that not only boosted his donations but caused a spike in NBN's online giving. "Being healthy and playing a lot of games definitely helped the cause," he says. He describes a visit to a Tanzanian refugee camp this past summer to distribute bed nets as "life-changing."

• Nothing But Nets, ThanksUSA

Stephen Curry

December 2013