Oh, what a night for the Notre Dame-Belmont and Serra basketball teams.
The NDB girls’ and Serra boys’ squads were among 11 Bay Area high schools invited to attend Stephen Curry and Friends at the Fox, a promotion for the launch of the Warriors’ star’s new Under Armour Curry 6 signature shoe line last Friday at the Fox Theater in Oakland.
“It was a long day for us,” NDB head coach Sam Rossi said. “It was a nice long event.”
The teams were picked up in limousine busses and shuttled to Oakland, where the schools gained VIP admittance at the venue.
Prior to the general public being admitted, the 11 teams — including Alhambra, Amador Valley, Carondelet, Castlemont, Livermore, Northgate, Oakland Tech, Richmond and St. Joseph’s-Notre Dame — got to meet Curry, pose for pictures with him and, yes, each player received a complimentary pair of Curry 6 shoes.
Notre Dame-Belmont was near the front of the theater and it didn’t take long for the girls to greet Curry like a rock star.
“They opened up the curtains and he kind of popped his head through and they were it all ecstatic,” Rossi said.
NDB athletic director Jason Levine was notified in November his girls’ basketball team was nominated to attend the event, but he received confirmation just last week. The team was informed last Thursday, one day prior to the event.
“They were excited,” Levine said. “I think one girl was crying.”
The Tigers were all smiles at the Fox Theater, though, especially Alaiyah San Juan. For a 5-2 sophomore point guard, her game resembles Curry’s in her energetic presence as a playmaker. So, in getting to meet her idol, San Juan was all smiles as she shot a championship selfie with the two-time NBA Most Valuable Player.
“Alaiyah, obviously Steph Curry is one of her favorite players,” Rossi said. “She got to take a picture with him and I’ve never seen her eyes so big as being with her idol.”