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Curry said that athletes of this era are unafraid to be unapologetically themselves
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STEPHEN CURRY on Wednesday night visited Howard Univ. for a "screening of a documentary about the Emanuel AME Church shooting -- a film he executive produced." Curry during a panel discussion after the film said, "Athletes in general, especially in the NBA, guys are educated. They know what they’re talking about. They know what they believe. And there’s a reason when you say something there are headlines. People want to hear what you have to say." He referenced ADAM SILVER when he said, "We have a commissioner that supports us in using our voice to speak for those who can’t speak for themselves. And I think this era of athlete is unafraid to be unapologetically themselves, whatever that means" (WASHINGTON POST, 1/25).

OFF & RUNNING: Jets CB BUSTER SKRINE on Sunday will "bring one of the most unusual groups of runners to the Miami Marathon" to raise money for the Boys & Girls Club of America chapters in Atlanta and N.Y. Skrine "runs Versatile NYC, a marketing firm and talent agency that represents athletes, models and entertainers" through which he represents Jets teammates such as MARCUS MAYE, TERRENCE BROOKS, HENRY ANDERSON and LEONARD WILLIAMS. Those four will "all accompany him in Miami," as will Bears CB MARCUS WILLIAMS and models EVAN BETTS and SHERELLE SEBASTIAN, "all of whom are Versatile clients." Skrine: "Nobody’s ever run a marathon before. We said why not start the year off with a challenge and make it fun" (MIAMI HERALD, 1/25).

NAMESPHIL KNIGHT has given more than $50M of his Nike stock to charity, though he "declined to disclose the name" (BIZJOURNALS.com, 1/23)....The Mike Slive Foundation is partnering with C-USA on the Block Cancer Initiative throughout the month of February to raise awareness for prostate cancer. Each school will choose one conference game as its Block Cancer event (THE DAILY)....San Jose-based vertically integrated cannabis company Caliva, whose investors include JOE MONTANA, raised $75M in funding (FORTUNE.com, 1/24).

IN MEMORY: There will be a memorial service for the late MIKE REDLICK on Monday at 11:00am ET at St. Margaret Mary Church in Winter Park, Fla. There will be a public viewing at DeGusipe Funeral Home this Sunday from 3:00-5:00pm. Redlick, the longtime sports business exec who was most recently at the UCF Devos Sports Business Management program, was found dead on Jan. 12 (THE DAILY).