“We’re all backyard sports right now,” says Stephen Curry, who doesn’t want to push his children into sports

Mary Raleigh

Stephen Curry isn’t putting any pressure on his kids to be athletes.

While speaking with PEOPLE about his partnership with Rakuten to spotlight Black designers during the 2024 NBA season, the Golden State Warriors player, 35, also shares that he’s introducing his three kids to all different sports while at home.

“We’re all backyard sports right now,” says Curry, who is dad to daughters Riley, 11, and Ryan, 8, and son Canon, 5. “Nothing too organized. Especially for Canon, he’s only 5. So we’ve got plenty of time. He’s an all-sports type of dude. But his attention span is just like a 5-year-old’s.”


“It’s more just confidence building and their ability to find joy in everything they do,” he continues. “I think that’s a huge part of kids these days, not feeling too much pressure on having to be successful or keep up with their counterparts.”

“I’m just trying to make sure that whatever they do, they’re having fun,” he adds. “There’s lots being thrown at them on a daily basis and a lot of perceived pressures. So I’m trying to make sure they enjoy being a kid and finding joy in everything they do.”

Curry has previously opened up about how his oldest, Riley, is already gravitating toward sports, telling PEOPLE her drive is already starting to look familiar.


“I’ve introduced pretty much every sport, for the most part, to all of them,” Curry said in July. “And Riley, she’s super into volleyball right now, and a light bulb went off, actually this year, where she’s excited to go to practice and dribbling or passing the ball around the house and all that type of stuff.”

“So she’s found something she loves, and she’s passionate about it, and she loves to work at it.”

In May 2021, Curry’s wife Ayesha spoke about becoming a first-time mother at a young age, explaining how it was difficult to figure out her career while raising her children.


“What I started to realize was I was becoming this woman at such a young age when other people would still potentially be in college or just figuring out who they want to be,” she said during an episode of Skimm’d From The Couch.

She added that though she “thoroughly enjoyed being a mom,” she still had hopes of doing more. The young mom eventually found her passion after launching a recipe blog, which has since grown into an empire that includes multiple restaurants, cookbooks and even a TV series. Ayesha’s kids are also already following in her footsteps — she previously shared that daughter Riley has “insane” talents in the kitchen.

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