We are excited to announce Brandyn Curry as our newest Full Court Peace Ambassador. A native of Huntersville, North Carolina by way of New Jersey, Curry starred at Harvard University and is currently in his third year playing professional basketball in Europe, spending this season in Slovenia with KK Domzale Helios Suns. From his experiences around the game in helping unite cultures and communities through basketball, we look forward to having Brandy Curry share our message of Full Court Peace. Connect with Brandyn on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
I have to say I am absolutely thrilled and honored to be able to join Full Court Peace as an Ambassador. First, let me introduce myself. My name is Brandyn Curry, 25 years old and was born in Red Bank, New Jersey but now live in Charlotte, North Carolina. I have a very easy going and optimistic nature. I probably smile and laugh twice as much as the average person. God, my family, and then basketball are my main priorities in life. Sports in general has always been a big part of my life as I grew up playing basketball, football, baseball and bowling. My other passions include reading, writing and learning languages. I’m currently learning German as my second language.
Basketball has single handily changed my whole life.
I am blessed to be a Professional Basketball player currently playing overseas in Slovenia. This is my third year playing in Europe as I have also played in Holland and Germany. It wasn’t until I moved to North Carolina, right before the start of my freshman year of high school, that I decided to focus solely on basketball. Through dedication, hard work and patience I went from a shy and chubby freshman, who barely played on Junior Varsity, to a 2-time conference player of the year with close to 20 offers to play Division 1 college basketball. Thanks to the values instilled to me from my parents, I worked just as hard off the court in the classroom, as I did on the court with basketball. As a result, my grades were good enough that I was recruited by some of the top academic programs including Harvard, Princeton and Stanford.
Ultimately, I would make the decision to attend the prestigious Harvard University
They say college is the best four years of your life and I have to absolutely agree. My time at Harvard was nothing short of magnificent at every level. On the court, our team set a ton of new records including most wins in one season, first ever outright Ivy League championship and first national top 25 college basketball team rank. My teammates and I helped to change the culture of basketball at Harvard and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. Off the court, I forged some life changing relationships with people I was fortunate enough to encounter at Harvard.
One of these relationships happened to be with Mike Evans, the founder of Full Court Peace. During my Junior year, Mike ended up being the head of our basketball managerial staff in his spare time while he was attending the Harvard Graduate School of Education. We immediately hit it off as his passion for the sport and energy he brought to the gym everyday was contagious. Little did I know at the time that this relationship would come back full circle to lead me, to what I believe, is my calling to help give back to the people on this earth.
As I have experienced firsthand in my life, it is truly amazing where the game of the basketball can take you. Basketball has allowed me to attend one of the top universities in the world, where I met some of the most important people in my life today. Also, I have now been to 12 different countries in my three years thus far as a professional basketball player. All of these experiences have changed my life in so many different ways and none of this would have happened without basketball. The power of basketball to unite, educate and encourage its’ participants is staggering. The core purpose of Full Court Peace is to utilize these aspects of basketball to help communities locally and globally. I believe one of my purposes in life is to use the blessing I’ve received through this sport to help other people in the same way FCP is doing now.
Basketball is a universal translator and through it the possibilities are endless in terms of the positive impact it can have on a person, group, community, culture and an outreach movement like Full Court Peace. It can help bring all types of people, regardless of socioeconomic background, skin color, or origin together for one common cause. The principles it teaches of hardwork, teamwork, and sacrifice for the greater good are all lessons that players can use in all other areas of their lives. I’ve experienced all of this first hand and I’m thrilled to be able to partner with Full Court Peace in order to help change the world using these same lessons.
The journey ahead is a beautiful one and I cannot wait to share it with you all.