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Sonya Alicia Adams

May 30, 1966 (1966-05-30) (age 55)
Occupation Educator
Dell Curry (m. 1986)
Children 3, including Stephen Curry, Seth Curry
Relatives Ayesha Curry (daughter-in-law), Damion Lee (son-in-law)

Sonya Alicia Curry (née Adams; born May 30, 1966) is an American educator. She is the mother of basketball players Stephen Curry and Seth Curry.

Early life

Sonya Adams was born in Radford, Virginia, to Cleive and Candy Adams. They lived in extreme poverty and frequently encountered racist experiences with the Ku Klux Klan. In high school, Adams played volleyball, track and field, and basketball. She matriculated to Virginia Tech as a student athlete, where she played volleyball, earning all-conference honors in the Metro Conference as a junior. She received a degree in Education. According to her best friend and college roommate, the volleyball team was popular largely due to Adams.

Adams met her future husband, Dell Curry, at Virginia Tech. During her official recruiting visit to the school, she was watching the men's basketball practice when Adams and Curry noticed each other.


Curry is president of the Christian Montessori School of Lake Norman in Huntersville, North Carolina, which she founded in 1995. Her children attended the school.

Personal life

Curry's oldest son Stephen plays for the Golden State Warriors and has won three NBA championships, while her younger son Seth currently plays for the Philadelphia 76ers, and her daughter, Sydel, played volleyball at Elon University. She has three granddaughters and one grandson.

Starting when Stephen was in college playing with Davidson during the 2008 NCAA Tournament, Curry began being a favorite shot for college basketball television producers. When Seth was playing college ball with Duke, her celebration of his three-point field goal against North Carolina in February 2013 had her trending on Twitter. She remained popular on the Internet during the Blue Devils' run in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.

As she often receives camera time in the audience of Golden State games, Curry has been described as royalty in the NBA. Curry is often interviewed about how she successfully raised professional athletes, including two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen. She shares how the family has been successful over time, including how they have dealt with their children's success in the NBA.

Her sons Stephen and Seth became the first brothers to ever compete against each other in an NBA Conference Finals in 2019, when Golden State played Portland. That postseason, Curry and Dell were on the road since March, watching their sons' games from the stands. Stephen and Seth never played competitively against each other until they reached the NBA. Though they had faced each other in the regular season, it was a different experience for her to watch them compete against each other in the playoffs.

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