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Stephen Curry 3rd Annual ThanksUSA Golf Tournament-1

Stephen Curry Pays it Forward After Golden NBA Season with ThanksUSA
NBA star inspires major contribution to military families from The Ron Conway Family

McLean, Va. – After finishing a spectacular year on the hardwood, NBA superstar Stephen Curry will once again raise funds and awareness for ThanksUSA, a national non-profit that provides need-based scholarships to the children and spouses of active-duty military personnel. Serving as the charity’s national spokesperson since 2010, Curry will host the third annual Stephen Curry ThanksUSA Golf Tournament on September 23, 2013, in San Francisco at the Presido Golf Course.

New to the event in 2013, ThanksUSA and Curry are pleased to welcome The Ron Conway Family as a major sponsor for this year’s golf tournament. The 25-year-old gained national fame this season as he propelled the Golden State Warriors through the early rounds of the NBA playoffs and set a NBA single-season record with 272 three-pointers.

 Stephen Curry and his father, Dell Curry, at the 2012 Stephen Curry ThanksUSA Golf Tournament


Stephen Curry and his father, Dell Curry, at the 2012 Stephen Curry ThanksUSA Golf Tournament

“After a memorable season for myself and my teammates, I hope to inspire that same kind of dedication and teamwork through ThanksUSA to help our military families reach their potential, too,” said Curry.

“Having benefited from a college scholarship myself, I know how important it is to receive the gift of education. I am excited to welcome The Ron Conway Family to this event and am looking forward to another great golf tournament.”

“Stephen energized our state and basketball fans across the country with his performance on the court this year,” said Ron Conway, an active philanthropist and technology industry angel investor at SV Angel who has funded countless startups, including Google, Facebook, Twitter, Square, and Pinterest. “Stephen is a natural leader, and the Conway family is proud to work alongside him and ThanksUSA to show our appreciation for the sacrifices made by our military families.”

The Stephen Curry ThanksUSA Golf Tournament will bring together Mayor Ed Lee, Curry’s father and former NBA standout, Dell Curry, and several of Curry’s Golden State Warriors teammates, as well as other sports and entertainment VIPs, members of the military, local community leaders and corporate representatives at the Presidio Golf Club, 300 Finley Road, San Francisco, Calif.

For more information about sponsorship or participation, please contact ThanksUSA Executive Director Michele Stork at (703) 855-4108 or MicheleStork@ThanksUSA.org. For media inquiries, please contact Alyssa Romano at alyssa.romano@octagon.com.

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About ThanksUSA:
Founded in the fall of 2005, ThanksUSA, a non-partisan 501(c) (3) organization, is an effort to thank the men and women of our armed forces and their families for their service to the country with the gift of education. The organization provides need-based, post-secondary education opportunities to the children and spouses of active-duty status military personnel through need-based scholarships. For more information, visit www.ThanksUSA.org.

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ThanksUSA national spokesperson, Stephen Curry, will host the 2nd Annual Stephen Curry ThanksUSA Charity Golf Tournament on Monday at the Presidio Golf Club in San Francisco. Local community leaders, sports and entertainment VIPs, members of the military, and corporate representatives will participate to raise funds for ThanksUSA’s scholarship program.

Dedicated to basketball, education, and especially to family, Stephen continues to shine. This weekend, he will join his father, former Charlotte Hornets guard, Dell Curry, in co-hosting a father/son or daughter basketball camp. The NBA stars will share basketball techniques and offer advise on how to excel both on and off the basketball court.

Participants of both events will get to experience Stephen’s good nature and resiliency. The Golden State Warriors guard has been recovering from ankle surgery since April. He recently reported that he had been cleared to play pickup and Warriors fans are eager to see him join his teammates at training camp in October.

The ThanksUSA team wishes Stephen continued health as well as a great NBA season. We’ll be bringing you photos of Monday’s Golf Tournament via Facebook and Twitter, so make sure to follow/like ThanksUSA. If you would like to keep up with latest Stephen Curry news, be sure to visit his website at stephencurry30.com.

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The weather is looking cool and comfortable for today’s Stephen Curry ThanksUSA Golf Tournament! Friends and supporters of ThanksUSA will have an enjoyable day at the Presidio Golf Club in San Francisco. Stephen Curry/ThanksUSA Scholarship recipient, Maria Barrameda will open the day’s events by speaking of her educational pursuits and how two consecutive ThanksUSA scholarships have helped her meet the ever-increasing financial demands of higher education. You can get updates throughout the day by following our Twitter account and photos will be posted later in the week on our Facebook page.

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Maria Margarita Barrameda received a $3000 ESA Foundation/ThanksUSA Scholarship to begin her biology and neuroscience studies at the University of San Francisco. A few years ago, Maria began suffering from dermatological problems. While receiving treatment, she realized that she could help others with similar issues and decided to become a dermatologist.

Maria explains, “My lifetime goal has always been to have a career in the medical field, most preferably to become a doctor. It wasn’t until recently, however, that I realized that I want to pursue a career as a dermatologist. My attraction towards this occupation comes from my own experience as an individual with severe skin problems. During my freshman year in high school, I developed severe atopic dermatitis and alopecia and with the side effects of the medication that I was taking I had photosensitivity and lupus. I became determined to help others who have been handicapped by their skin disorder. Additionally, there are not enough dermatologists in military hospitals – especially overseas. In ten years, I see myself finally concluding medical school and beginning my career as a dermatologist in the military.”

Maria Margarita Barrameda

As Maria was graduating high school, her father was completing his military obligations. Now that the family is “civilian,” Maria reflects on growing up as a military child stating, “I will not deny that I had wished I had my father with me more while I was growing up. I cherish the moments when my father taught me how to ride a bike and play basketball. By encouraging me to be competitive in sports and academics, he influenced my outlook on life. All these things my dad tried to do in those short precious moments when he was not proudly serving our country. Looking back helps me realize that I am blessed and fortunate. The sacrifices that my father made, along with our family’s sacrifices, made us better individuals. Being a military child helped me see three different worlds: my family, our country and my own world. These three worlds are interconnected. I had to realize that one will not exist without the other two. This view has helped me get to where I am now. I am a goal oriented individual who cares about God, my family, my country and neighbors.”

Certainly Maria’s father taught her well. Though she has only just begun her studies, Maria is already a dedicated student involved in the University Scholars Program, the Tri-Beta Association, the Pre-AMSA club and the Neuroscience Club. In addition to all of her study-related activities, Maria makes time to be involved with the University Campus Ministry and Women’s Basketball Intramurals.

Maria is comfortably settled into college life and she wishes to express her gratitude to those who support ThanksUSA, especially the ESA Foundation: “I am extremely grateful to be a recipient of the ESA Foundation/ThanksUSA Scholarship. I am very pleased to tell you that receiving this scholarship have not only contributed to my financial obligation to my school but also to my family’s financial situation. Having board and lodging, books and miscellaneous stipends to worry about, your help has alleviated most of these concerns. Now, I am well situated in my dorm, I have a year meal plan, a semester worth of bus passes, complete books and other school supplies.”

We’re so happy that you are embracing your education, Maria! ThanksUSA wishes you all the best in completing your undergrad studies and pursuing your dreams of becoming a dermatologist within the military healthcare system…our military personnel and their families deserve the best medical care.


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Maria Barrameda, VADM Richard W. Hunt, USN, Victoria Hokanson

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On behalf of the entire ThanksUSA team, I wish to extend my sincere appreciation to Maria Margarita Barrameda and Victoria Hokanson for representing ThanksUSA Scholarship recipients at the Marines’ Memorial Club in San Francisco this weekend. Both Maria and Victoria joined co-hosts Ray Polin and Bob Okun for a special dinner introducing the 2011 ThanksUSA San Francisco Golf Classic. Thank you to our sponsors for the evening Russell Investments and Entertainment Software Association, and to the ThanksUSA supporters and guests who enjoyed the evening.

Maria Barrameda, RADM John Bitoff (USN, Ret), Victoria Hokanson

RADM Richard Buchanan (USN, Ret), Bob Okun, Maria Barrameda, Victoria Hokanson, Ray Polin

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