Steve and Margot Kerr: Championing the potential of Berkeley students

October 11, 2022

When Steve Kerr first visited UC Berkeley’s Harmon Gym as a freshman guard for the Arizona Wildcats in 1984, he could not have anticipated the deep connection he and his future wife, Margot, would one day develop with UC Berkeley and the entire Bay Area. But after their daughter, Maddy, enrolled at Cal in 2013, the Kerrs became part of the Berkeley family — and in the decade since then, not only has Steve Kerr led the Golden State Warriors to four NBA championships as head coach, but the Kerr family has made a profound difference through their philanthropy, championing the potential of Berkeley students.

Steve and Margot are especially proud to partner with the campus’s African American Initiative, a comprehensive effort to address underrepresentation of African Americans among Berkeley students, faculty and staff, and to build a welcoming and supportive campus environment for Black students. “We are honored to contribute to such a worthy, wonderful cause and to help Berkeley be the best possible place for students of color,” says Steve. The Kerrs’ commitment to social justice and accessible higher education is also reflected in their investment to expand the counseling staff for Berkeley’s Educational Opportunity Program, as well as their creation of an annual scholarship offered to first-generation college students.

steve kerr and his family at a sports event