How Sonya Curry Raised The MVP


Steph Curry’s mom has a message that is magnetic and mesmerizing. She’s a basketball wife and a basketball mom that wears the mantle well. She carries herself with grace and graciousness and poise and panache and spirit and style.

Sonya Curry is the mother of the reigning NBA MVP and she herself is an MVP of a mom that is both charming and endearing and enchanting and enthralling. From a distance, she appears tough and tender and sensitive and straightforward. And she’s as pleasant as she is powerful.

I believe that a mom’s love is directly responsible for the success her children, and Sonya Curry get’s all of the kudos we can muster for the success of her sons, especially Steph Curry. So here’s to all the moms in general and all of the sports mom’s in specific. And here’s to Sonya Curry; the video of how she raised the MVP says it all.

And here’s to my mom, Lerotha Audrey Ritter Hunter, the best mom I could’ve ever had. I love you mom, and I miss you dearly.


Sports Moms Are The Best

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All moms are great but sports moms are the best. The moms that spend and spent their weekends taking us to soccer games and traveling to tennis matches and trecking to track meets “ROCK and RULE!” Moms that braved the winter cold and sweltered in the summer sun to watch us play are the best moms money can’t afford. Moms that spend their waking hours on Saturdays, Sundays and most any day on the side lines shouting and on the front lines cheering and at the finish line tearing for their tots are at the top of their class.

Moms that cut up oranges for the team and dice up apples for the gang and put up with the mixed nuts in the minivan to carpool them to the game are the finest you can find. Moms that are there at the beginning and stay until the bitter end are the belles of the ball and the divas of the dance. Moms that signed us up for gymnastics and golf and baseball and basketball and hockey and horseback riding are the real MVPs. Moms that sew up torn jerseys and patch up worn sweatshirts and gather up stray gym bags are indeed the cream of the crop and very best moms around town.

Moms that go to cross-country courses and inner city heats and out-of-town swim meets are the pick of the litter. Moms that kiss the scraped knees and extract the sting of bumble bees are the very brightest bulbs in the box. Moms that pay for our fees and cover our costs and front us money and forgive our debts are “da bomb.” Moms that fix our muddles and clean up our mess are better than the best. Moms that untangle and untie and unravel our knots and our kinks and our quirks and do it with love and laughter and all kinds of affection but without any objection are queens indeed.

My wife and my sister and my co-workers and my friends, and of course, my mom too, drove hither and yon and picked us up and dropped us off at games and practices and tryouts and final rounds at all times of the day and in every sort of way – through the storm and through the rain and in sickness and in pain — because they’re a sports mom. These sports moms bought us uniforms and team jackets and windbreakers and new spikes and God knows whatever else we told them we needed to play the game right. These sports moms nursed sports injuries and celebrated singular victories like no other.

So here’s to all of the moms out there everywhere, and for the sports moms who even now and at this very moment are completing their calling and doing their duty all for the sake of their darling daughters and favorite sons so that they can play the games they love.

Thanks Mom. And Happy Mother’s Day!


Kevin Durant: “Mom, You’re The Real MVP”


Kevin Durant, the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball star, won the 2014 NBA Most Valuable Player Award. It was well deserved. In sports, a Most Valuable Player (MVP) award is an honor typically bestowed upon the best-performing player or players on a specific team, in an entire league, or for a particular contest or series of contests.

Kevin Durant was the league’s scoring leader and is one of the most exciting and exhilarating and electrifying players ever to play the game. He is leading his team through the playoffs and has his sights set on a higher goal: The NBA Championship. While the team has a tough hoe to roe en route to winning the title, Durant’s individual accomplishments as a player are not in dispute.

Kevin Durant loves the game. But not only that, it is apparent that he loves his teammates even more. And the love he has for his mother is even more heartwarming and tear-jerking. His MVP speech is a must see. In the speech he praises his mother, Wanda Pratt: “And last my mom. We weren’t supposed to be here. You made us believe. You kept us off the street. You put clothes on our backs, food on the table. When you didn’t eat, you made sure we ate. You went to sleep hungry. You sacrificed for us. You’re the real MVP.”

Kevin Durant got it right. Tina Turner didn’t. In her smash hit “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” Tina Turner didn’t quite get it right. Love, for her, was a “second-hand emotion.” Ummmmm, no. If we love the games of basketball and football and baseball and hockey and soccer and the sports of gymnastics and track and field and swimming and everything else in between, then it’s clearly more than a second hand emotion. It’s a primary emotion. And our emotion or emotions have EVERYTHING to do with our love, and our love is inextricably tied to our emotions.

Kevin Durant reminded us that our moms are the love of our life, and they have done more for us than we’ll ever know. The love of a mother is emblematic of the love God has for us. The “Mother’s Day” song Shirley Caesar popularized says is all:

“For the 9 months I carried you holding you inside me, $ NO CHARGE

For the nights I sat up with doctored you and prayed for you, $ NO CHARGE

For the time and tears and the costs through the years there is NO CHARGE

When you add it all up the full cost of my love is $ NO CHARGE “ 

God’s love comes with a price, but not at a cost to us. Love is a fact and a feeling. It is first a fact. God loves us: fact. His love compels Him to do for us and to care for us; to console and to correct; to comfort and to cajole. Love “made” God do for us what He did for us and does for us. God so loved the world that he gave, and He cared enough for us that He sent His best, His only begotten Son. Jesus, loved us and cared for us so much that he lived and died for us.