NBA star Stephen Curry becomes FTX global ambassador

Basketball player is the latest US sports personality to join the cryptocurrency exchange

Basketball players Kerem Tunceri (left) and Stephen Curry during a game                                 
NBA player Stephen Curry (right) with Kerem Tunceri – Photo: Shutterstock

Stephen Curry, three-time National Basketball Association (NBA) champion and two-time NBA Most Valuable Player, has become a global ambassador and shareholder of cryptocurrency derivatives exchange FTX.

Curry, who plays for the Golden State Warriors, is not the first high-profile athlete to partner with FTX. Tom Brady, a quarterback for the National Football League (NFL) team the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, inked an endorsement deal with the exchange in June.

The partnership with FTX is the first time that the 33-year-old NBA player has invested in the crypto sphere.

‘Demystifying the crypto space’

Regarding his position as ambassador for FTX, Curry said: “I’m excited to partner with a company that demystifies the crypto space and eliminates the intimidation factor for first-time users. FTX is like-minded when it comes to giving back to the community in meaningful ways and I can’t wait to see what we can achieve together.”

FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried said: “After meeting and speaking with Stephen, it was clear that he is a seamless fit for FTX. His tireless commitment to charity alongside a ferocious work ethic to become the greatest in any arena he steps foot in, whether it is basketball, investing or business, perfectly align with FTX’s core values. I look forward to working together with Stephen to create a positive impact for those who need it most in the world.”

Brady offers advice

When Curry announced that he was entering the crypto world, he asked his followers on Twitter for any advice. Brady responded to Curry’s tweet by saying: “Whatever you do… don’t do laser eyes.”

Brady has added red laser eyes to his Twitter profile picture, which is a trend among bitcoin bulls who believe the lead crypto will continue to soar in price.

FTX has committed to providing an annual charitable contribution to Stephen and his wife Ayesha’s foundation, ‘Eat. Learn. Play’, which is committed “to unlocking the amazing potential of every child by fighting to end childhood hunger, ensuring students have access to a quality education and providing safe places for all children to play and be active”.

The charity operates in Oakland, California and since the Covid-19 pandemic began, it has served more than 17 million meals to children and families who have been affected by the virus.

Further reading: NFL bans teams from crypto sponsorship deals and launching NFTs

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