Curry Family Photo 

Stephen Curry is considered as the face of the 2017 NBA Champions Golden State Warriors yet there is one thing most people are not familiar with - his own roots. In a league dominated by African-American basketball players, some fans may think that he's "not black enough" (no race pun intended) but few have realized that Curry has a diverse racial past as he's obviously a product of America's diversity. As much as he identify himself as African-American, he has Caucasian ancestors as well.

In fact, most African-Americans have at least one Caucasian ancestor. The more racial mixing in the world today, the color line has become so blurred that identifying oneself with a particular group would be confusing already.

Curry's ancestors can be traced back to Virginia where his father Dell (born Wardell Stephen Curry, yes they have the same name) and mother Sonya (nee Adams) were born - Harrisonburg and Radford respectively. The Curry name can be traced back to Blanch Perline Curry while his maternal ancestors can be traced back to John Snell.

Curry Family Tree 

1. Generation

Stephen Curry (Wardell Stephen Curry II) was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA on 3/14/1988. He is the first child of Dell Curry (7/25/1964) and Sonya Adams (5/30/1966). He has one brother and one sister, Seth Curry (8/23/1990) and Sydel Curry (10/22/1994). 

On 7/30/2011, he married Ayesha Alexander (3/23/1989). He was 23 years old when he married Ayesha Alexander, who was 22 years old at that time. He has two children with Ayesha Alexander: Riley Elizabeth Curry (7/19/2012), Ryan Carson Curry (7/10/2015). 

In 2011, he moved to Alamo, California, USA. 

2. Generation

Dell Curry was born in Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA on 7/25/1964. He is the first child of Wardell Curry and Juanita Marian Casey.

He married Sonya Adams (5/30/1966) in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA in 1988. He was 23 years old when he married Sonya Adams, who was 22 years old at that time. He has three children with Sonya Adams: Stephen Curry (3/14/1988), Seth Curry (8/23/1990), Sydel Curry (10/22/1994).

Sonya Adams was born in Radford, Virginia, USA on 5/30/1966. Her parents are Cleive Ester Adams and Candy Ann Wyms. She has one brother and one sister, Cleive Adams and India Adams.

She married Dell Curry (7/25/1964) in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA in 1988. She was 22 years old when she married Dell Curry, who was 23 years old at that time. She has three children with Dell Curry: Stephen Curry (3/14/1988), Seth Curry (8/23/1990), Sydel Curry (10/22/1994). 

In 1986, Dell and Sonya Curry moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. In 1988, they moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. In 1999, the couple moved to Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

3. Generation

Stephen Curry's paternal grandparents were Blanch Perline Curry and x. Blanche Perline's son Wardell Curry married Juanita Marian Casey.
 Juanita's parents were x Casey and Eugenia Marian Gaines. She had one son with Wardell Curry: Dell Curry (7/25/1964).

Stephen Curry's maternal grandparents were Cleive Ester Adams I and Bertha Blanche Arrington. Cleive's son Cleive Ester Adams II married Candy Ann Wyms. Candy Ann's parents were Walter Leonard Wyms and Evelyn Catherine Snell. Her partner was Cleive Ester Adams. She had three children with Cleive Ester Adams: Cleive Adams, India Adams, Sonya Adams (5/30/1966). 

Tracing your family’s roots back even a few generations can be a challenging experience. However, it is worth the effort because it can have a big impact on your children’s lives. Here are three reasons to create a family tree for your kids.

1. It Gives Them an Interest in History
For a lot of kids, history is a boring subject. It’s a story about things that happened a long time ago, and kids are all about now and the future. When you study your own family history, it helps put things in perspective on a larger scale.

Perhaps you have a great-great-great-grandfather who fought in the Civil War or a great-great-uncle who was a soldier in World War I. Suddenly, these aren’t just stories about people who are dead now. They are stories about your family. The soldiers who marched through heat and cold aren’t strangers; they’re family. Learning about history is a lot more fun if you’re involved in some way and a family tree can tie that in.

2. It Gives Them an Interest in Their Own History
When kids learn about their own family tree, it helps them understand more about who they are. They can see that their red hair and freckles go way back to great-great-grandmother Bonnie. Or perhaps the only other person who was short in the family besides them was great-great-great-grandmother Alice.

Learning about their family history can help them develop a better sense of who they are and why they look and act the way they do. It also enhances their feeling of stability and security as they see they are part of something bigger.

3. It Helps Them Remember People Who are Important to the Family
As kids grow up, family members pass away. They may forget what great-aunt Anna looks like or how grandfather Bill laughed. While you can tell stories about family members who passed away when the kids were young or even before they were born, these stories will have more meaning if they can be placed in correct association.

For example, say your grandfather was one of eight children. Your child may only know or remember two or three of them. Others are just names that lose their meaning and place in the family without a family tree to help them remember. When your dad talks about Uncle Phil, your kids will understand who he means and pay more attention to the stories. Instead of just words, they will be able to imagine their granddad as a boy, sitting on Uncle Phil’s lap listening to his jokes.

You don’t have to create an extravagant or complicated family tree for it to be of value to the kids. A simple diagram will work wonders to help them make the right connections. However, the more information you can add, including photos, will help them remember who this person was and why they are part of the family. 

Suzie Kolber created to be the complete online resource for "do it yourself" genealogy projects.  The site offers the largest offering of family tree chart online. The site is a not for profit website dedicated to offering free resources for those that are trying to trace their family history. 

It seems that the upcoming Philippines Football League will be the first professional league in the Philippines that will have a regional format after the ill-fated Metropolitan Basketball Association's run from 1998 to 2002 and the proposed Countrywide Basketball League folded before it even started. Millennials will be treated to a new sports concept first-hand as a league will adopt real home and away teams.

Expected to start on March 2017, there is little news or information available online as how the league will look like. It is understood that the PFL will become the premier league for Filipino footballers out there. The current United Football League still remains the pre-eminent platform for Filipinos to showcase their football skills and get paid out of it. We can't replicate the global success of the English Premier League or the Spanish La Liga and their storied historical legacy behind it but we can emulate the growing pains and eventual success of the Japanese J-League, the American Major League Soccer, the Australian A-League or the Chinese Super League.

So we will be starting from scratch with our own football league, we might as well have a unique branding that will best visualize what Filipino football is all about. Here's how I envisioned the Philippines Football League will look like in these mock-up logos:

The logo will use the iconography of the Philippine flag with use of the sun and stars. Primary colors will be used and a bold font to accentuate the league name. Grayscale and alternate logos will also be used. For the inaugural season, separate logos will be used in the top trophies that will be disputed by the competing teams. The 2017 (Smart) PFL League Cup will be won if the team has accumulated the most number of points at the end of the home-away league matches. A separate silverware will be won in the 2017 (Smart) PFF Pilipinas Cup where both division 1 and division 2 teams will play in step-ladder two-legged playoff series. The 2017 Paulino Alcantara Memorial Cup will be a special match wherein the League Cup winners and Pilipinas Cup winners play against each other. If the Pilipinas Cup winner also won the League Cup, the second-placed team in the team standings will assume the slot for the League Cup winners.

In order to gain the popularity of the UFL, the PFL league commissioner should absorb the top UFL teams and geographically distribute it to the upcoming PFL franchises in top footballing cities like Cebu, Bacolod, Davao, and Manila. The other teams not absorbed by the league will become the second division with the top finisher will gain a playoff against the lowest ranked PFL team for promotion/relegation. Relegated teams will be based in Metro Manila to minimize costs while the promoted team will assume the slot vacated by the relegated team or start from scratch at a different location that can host a football team. This could change once the league achieves stability with the second division becoming a regional league of its own.

I hope this new league will reignite our passion for the beautiful game.

David Nepomuceno with 1920 Olympic gold medalist Loren Murchison of the United States
Photo Credit: Pinoy Drawer

Editor's Notes: Hidilyn Diaz has won silver in the 2016 Rio Olympics after 20 years and became the only female Olympic medalist. But not every one of us know about the exploit of the first ever Olympic athlete who competed in our debut at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris - David Nepomuceno.

Before there was current Olympic silver medalists Hidilyn Diaz, Mansueto Velasco or Anthony Villanueva, there was the lone Filipino sprinter who braved the distance in playing in Paris, France to represent the Philippines as it's very first Olympian. It was the first time that the Philippine flag was publicly raised in the Olympic games when five years before, any public presentation of the flag was punishable by the controversial American-imposed Flag Law.

Historical Background

Although the Philippines was not yet an independent country let alone, a Commonwealth nation (which was still 11 years away!), the International Olympic Committee allowed the Philippines to participate in the quadrennial event together with fellow Asian neighbors Japan, China (who later withdrew) and British India. The Philippine Amateur Athletic Federation, the forerunner of today's Philippine Olympic Committee, was founded in 1911 as a governing body that will oversee the development of sports in the Philippines. It was in 1913 that the Philippines organized the Far Eastern Games as a regional counterpart of the Olympic movement.

The reason behind the entry of the Philippines in the Olympics is not clear but it is likely that the IOC or the American colonial officials decided to admit the Philippines in order to expand the Asian presence in the quadrennial event. Perhaps to determine that colonial nations like Great Britain, France, Germany, Netherlands and the United States are athletically superior than their colonial subjects in British India, Dutch East Indies, and the Philippines.

Scientific racism is an active school of thought during that time and it has a significant role in public policy particularly in sports. In the end of the day, the Olympic games has become some sort of a "proving ground" to show that white athleticism is far superior to Asians, Africans and other colored races.

Who was David Nepomuceno?

Born May 9, 1900, Nepomuceno was considered as one of the greatest sprinters of his time even before his Olympic debut 92 years ago! He participated in the Far Eastern Games where he won a couple of gold medals for the country against perennial rivals from China and Japan by following the footsteps of another sprint king Fortunato Catalon.

Both sprinters had a healthy rivalry both in the national trials and the regional circuits as they battled for track supremacy. Although the aging veteran and multi-medalled Catalon is the clear-cut favorite particularly in the 200-meter straight race, the much younger Nepomuceno has a much bigger frame and longer stride that he took advantage so that he beat Catalon in the 1924 National Championships to become the country's sole representative to our first Olympiad.

Together with his coach Regino Ylanan, the founder of the National Collegiate Athletic Association of the Philippines, Nepomuceno carried our flag proudly during the opening ceremonies in the 45,000-seat Stade Olympique de Colombes - the same venue of the 1938 World Cup final.

The Men's 100 Meters was Nepomuceno's first event where he was slated to run in the fifth heat with the likes of Henricus Broos of the Netherlands, George Dunston of South Africa, Antonin Svoboda of Czechoslovakia, Poul Schiang of Denmark and Jose-Maria Larrabeti of Spain. Unfortunately, he finished dead last and both Broos and Dunston qualified to the next round. In the end, it was British Harold Abrahams who won gold at an Olympic record time of 10.6 seconds followed by American Jackson Scholz for silver at 10.7 seconds and Kiwi Arthur Porritt for bronze at 10.8. Interestingly, that race was depicted in the Academy Award-winning 1981 British historical drama "Chariots of Fire."

Nepomuceno was then slated to run against home town favorite Maurice Degrelle and Dutchman Marinus van den Berge in Heat 15 of the Men's 200 Meters. But he was not able to progress as Degrelle topped the race at 22.6 seconds. In what was expected to be a highly-anticipated rematch between American Scholz and British Abrahams in the final became an anticlimactic finish as Scholz ran away with the gold medal at an Olympic record time of 21.6 seconds followed by compatriot Charles Paddock for the silver at 21.7 seconds and British Eric Lidell for the bronze at 21.9 seconds. Abrahams finished dead last at 22.3 seconds.

After the Olympics

Despite an uneventful Olympic debut, Nepomuceno wanted to bounce back and prepare for the 1925 Far Eastern Games as he resumes his rivalry with Catalon. At the Manila games, it was Catalon who took the first shot as he took the gold in the Men's 100 Meters over Nepomuceno and Japanese sprinter Sasagi Tani. But in the Men's 200 Meters Straight, he bested Catalon for the gold.

In the 1927 Games in Shanghai, Nepomuceno managed to win the Men's 100 Meter gold without Catalon but he failed to defend his Men's 200 Meters Straight gold as he slid to bronze as rising sprint star Anselmo Gonzaga took the gold and Japanese Takayoshi Yoshioka settled for the silver.

He served in the Philippine Scouts and eventually, the United States Navy. Nepomuceno died on September 27, 1939.


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