ALAMEDA, California. – A group of Bay Area basketball players got a big surprise while shopping for sneakers a few weeks ago.
The Oakland Tech Lady Bulldawgs were looking for shoes at Prestige on Lincoln Avenue in Alameda when Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry came out from the back room.
“What’s going on here,” Curry asked Jhai Johnson, Taliyah Logwood, Terri’A Russell, Jordan Taylor and Zhanae Clemons.
The three-time state high school basketball champions laughed and appeared speechless.
During the surprise meeting filmed by entertainment company Complex, Curry asked what they were looking for in a shoe and let them know they were all leaving with a pair of Curry 10s sneakers.
The shoes he chose for the girls were inspired by the Met Gala Versace suit he wore in 2021: shiny black with gold swirls.
Coach Leroy Hurt, who brought them shoe purchases, couldn’t be prouder of his team.
“As state champions, we got a call asking if we could bring a few girls to the sneaker store,” Hurt said. “I waited outside so they would be surprised.”
When Hurt joined them inside the store, Curry had a few words to say to him.
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“He told me, ‘Congratulations, coach, keep doing what you’re doing,'” Hurt said. “I’m really proud of this team.”
Oakland Technical High School girls basketball won its third straight state title in March. Since then, Curry and the Chase Center have hosted them for two Warriors games.
Oakland Tech Lady Bulldawgs. Photo credit: Coach Leroy Hurt
Steph Curry at Prestige in Alameda, September 2023. Photo credit: Coach Leroy Hurt
Coach Leroy Hurt met Steph Curry when he was invited to the Chase Center after the Oakland Tech women’s basketball team won the 2022 state title.