Sonya Curry
Personal information
Born May 30 1966 () (age 54)
Radford, Virginia
Nationality American
Listed height 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)
Career information
High school Radford
(Radford, Virginia)
College Virginia Tech (1984–1987)
Position Setter

Sonya Alicia Curry (née Adams; born May 30, 1966) is an American former college volleyball player for the Virginia Tech Hokies of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Early Life[edit | edit source]

Curry was born in Radford, Virginia to Cleive and Candy Adams. The Adams lived in extreme poverty and frequently encountered racist experiences with the Ku Klux Klan. At Radford High School, Curry played volleyball, track and field, and basketball. She matriculated to Virginia Tech as a student athlete, where she played volleyball, she tallied 57 aces the sixth-most in a season in Virginia Tech history as a junior. She received a degree in Education. According to her best friend and college roommate, the volleyball team was popular largely due Curry.

Due to her physical traits of blue eyes and dark blonde hair, Sonya Curry experienced colorism of white passing from the Charlotte Hornets former-owner George Shinn, who believed she was a white woman but held racist views of miscegnation with team players.

Career[edit | edit source]

Curry is president of the Christian Montessori School of Lake Norman in Huntersville, North Carolina, which she founded in 1995. The Montessori School is a non-profit Christian school dedicated to following Christ as well as the spiritual and academic development of the whole child through the Montessori method of education. Her children attended the school.

Starting when Stephen was in college playing with Davidson during the 2008 NCAA Tournament, Curry began being a favorite shot for college basketball television producers. When Seth was playing college ball with Duke, her celebration of his three-point field goal against North Carolina in February 2013 had her trending on Twitter.[12] She remained popular on the Internet during the Blue Devils' run in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.[6]

As she often receives camera time in the audience of Golden State games, Curry has been described as royalty in the NBA.[13] Curry is often interviewed about how she successfully raised professional athletes, including two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen. She shares how the family has been successful over time, including how they have dealt with their children's success in the NBA.[14][15]

Her sons Stephen and Seth became the first brothers to ever compete against each other in an NBA Conference Finals in 2019, when the Golden State played Portland.[9] That postseason, Curry and Dell were on the road since March, watching their sons' games from the stands. Stephen and Seth never played competitively against each other until they reached the NBA. Though they had faced each other in the regular season, it was a different experience for her to watch them compete against each other in the playoffs.

Personal Life[edit | edit source]

Curry is a Christian. She is married to former professional basketball player Dell Curry. The two met at Virginia Tech where they both were student athletes. Her oldest son Stephen plays for the Golden State Warriors and has won three NBA championships, while her younger son Seth plays for the Philadelphia 76ers, and her daughter, Sydel, played volleyball at Elon University. She has three granddaughters Riley, Ryan, Carter, and one grandson Canon.

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