“Davidson’s Decision: Naming I-77 Exit After Basketball Star Steph Curry”

On Tuesday, Davidson officials will vote on changing the name of the Exit 30 interchange on I-77 to honor Steph Curry, an NBA superstar and alumnus of Davidson College. While the town and college staff are in favor of the change, it ultimately falls under the jurisdiction of the North Carolina Department of Transportation. The proposed new name for the exit is the Stephen Curry Interchange, replacing its current name, Griffith Street exit.

The exit numeral coincides with Curry’s jersey number, which he has sported throughout his basketball career. During his remarkable stint at Davidson, Curry propelled the team to fame. He set a new record for the highest number of three-pointers made by a freshman in the NCAA and led his team to the Elite 8 in 2008. With remarkable victories over Georgetown, Wisconsin, and Gonzaga, the Charlotte-born athlete established himself as a first-team All-American in his final collegiate season before getting picked by Golden State in the first round of the 2009 NBA Draft.

According to a resolution passed by the town, Stephen Curry is widely regarded as one of the greatest players and shooters in NBA history. He is credited with revolutionizing basketball by inspiring teams at all levels to incorporate the three-point shot into their gameplay. In May 2022, Curry earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Davidson, where he became the first player in school history to have his number retired. Throughout his remarkable career, he has led Golden State to four NBA championships, received two MVP awards, and made nine All-Star Game appearances. Charlotte leaders also presented him with the key to the city in September 2021.

The area where Griffith Street intersects with I-77 at Exit 30 in Davidson falls under the oversight of North Carolina Department of Transportation. As a result, the town cannot unilaterally rename the intersection without the state’s approval. The NCDOT has mandated that the town must seek public opinion and a resolution of support before it can consider the request.

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