Family of both Christian ministers and basketball players shaped Kyle Korver
If perfect shooting form was not ingrained in him from birth, a love of the game and a heart for others were modeled for Kyle Korver in a family of basketball players and Christian ministers – including a mother who once scored 74 points in a game.
Her son’s ability is more well-rounded, by necessity, but Kyle also understands his strengths. “Shooting’s what I do best,” he said. “It’ll always be what I do best. It better be what I do best . . . but I can do a lot more.”
That’s true beyond basketball. With both of his parents, his father’s four brothers and two of his own brothers having become college basketball players, Korver obviously was motivated by his family’s devotion to the game. Their influence also drives Korver’s humanitarian efforts.
His father, grandfather and two uncles are ministers of the Reformed Church in America. His father, the Rev. Kevin Korver, serves the Third Reformed Church of Pella, where some 2,000 worshipers gather for three Sunday services in a town of 10,000 residents.
“I’m not a really preachy guy with my faith; I just try to live it out, try to show it,” Korver said, describing such involvement as “really easy to do now” with a pro athlete’s forum.