Stephen Curry Said a 9-Year-Old Girl’s Letter About His Shoe Line “Opened My Eyes”
This little girl spoke up and the NBA star listened.
Riley Morrison loves basketball. The nine-year-old especially loves cheering for her favorite NBA player Steph Curry, who plays for the Golden State Warriors. When Riley decided she wanted to sport a pair of sneakers from Curry’s shoe line, the fourth grader was beyond disappointed to find that the kids’ shoes only came in boys’ sizes. So this fierce girl took matters into her own hands and wrote a letter to Curry.
In her letter, Riley told Curry how she and her dad often attend Golden State Warrior games and that she wanted to wear a pair of his Curry 5s for her upcoming basketball season. However, when she and her dad went to the Under Armour website to order a pair of sneakers, his shoes were only offered in the boys’ section. Knowing that Curry is an advocate for female athletes and has two daughters of his own, she knew he could do better.
"I know you support girl athletes because you host an all girls basketball camp," Riley wrote. "I hope you can work with Under Armour to change this because girls want to rock the Curry 5s too."
Her dad, Chris Morrison, posted the letter on Facebook and asked others to share, hoping Curry would see it. Well, he saw the letter and had the best response.
“I appreciate your concern and have spent the last 2 days talking to Under Armour about how we can fix the issue,” he wrote on Twitter. “I want to make sure you can wear my kicks proudly — so I am going to send you a pair of Curry 5’s now AND you’ll be one of the first kids to get the Curry 6.”
Feeling inspired by her letter, the father of two wrote, “Lastly, we have something in the works for International Women’s Day on March 8th, and I want you to celebrate with me!”
Riley and her family are thrilled by the response and Curry is excited for the change he can help make. “She spoke up. That’s a lesson in itself right there,” Curry said. “That’s a great connection. A lot of change happened in terms of how we go about in inspiring the next generation through my shoes and what I stand for.”
We love that you spoke up, Riley, and we can’t wait to see what else you accomplish on and off the court.