A 9-year-old girl called out Steph Curry for not offering his sneaker line in girl’s sizes — his response is perfection
Sometimes, all that’s needed to right a wrong is a well-worded letter. At least that’s all it took when nine-year-old Riley Morrison decided she needed an answer from NBA star Steph Curry on why his youth sneaker line only comes in boy’s sizes. The best part? He promptly got back to her with the exact reply she was looking for.
“My name is Riley (just like your daughter), I’m 9 years old from Napa, California. I am a big fan of yours,” she writes.
@EmmaWatson Hi Emma, I know you are a big advocate for women. I was hoping you could retweet my daughter’s letter to @StephenCurry30 . This is her small way of making a difference and speaking up for women. You are a role model for her. We both would be very thankful. pic.twitter.com/mYNRtPMXP0
— Chris Morrison (@Morn24) November 21, 2018
Riley explains that she and her dad, Chris, love going to Warriors games together and that she wanted a pair of Curry 5’s to kick off her upcoming basketball season.
“My dad and I visited the Under Armour website and were disappointed to see that there were no Curry 5’s for sale under the girls section,” she wrote. Riley points out that they’re for sale under the “boys” section and can even be customized. “I know you support girl athletes because you have two daughters and you host an all girls basketball camp. I hope you can work with Under Armour to change this because girls want to rock the Curry 5’s too.”
Morrison’s tweet of Riley’s letter made the rounds and eventually, found its way to Curry himself, who had the best response possible.
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) November 29, 2018
“I appreciate your concern and have spent the last 2 days talking to Under Armour about how we can fix the issue,” he wrote. “Unfortunately, we have labeled smaller sizes as ‘boys’ on the website. We are correcting this now!”
He then basically makes her entire year with the sweetest offer. “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. Lastly, we have something in the works for International Women’s Day on March 8th, and I want you to celebrate with me!”
Curry tells the girl to plan to be in Oakland for a special International Women’s Day event next spring, and we’re squealing for her.
Oh, and he wasn’t bluffing — the Under Armour website has already made the update Riley requested.https://twitter.com/jetpack/status/1068187119758192640
Her dad took to Twitter to thank Curry.
Thank you @StephenCurry30 you just made one little girl so happy— Chris Morrison (@Morn24) November 29, 2018
Pretty much the whole internet was thrilled to see this play out.
— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) November 29, 2018
this is hella dope on steph's part. hopefully more athletes/shoe companies start to think of this to the point that they just list things in sizes for all children opposed to making them gender specific https://t.co/EohoPn37YA
— wide drexler (@pants_so_short) November 29, 2018
As a a girls’ wrestling coach, but more importantly as one who believes in equality, thank you! Thank you for being a light, a voice for change and justice, and one that my son and daughter can look to and emulate! Bless you and thank you!— Jerry bowen (@jerrybowen74) November 29, 2018
Good on ya Riley and Steph. This is how we grow. An issue is noticed, called out respectfully (extremely respectfully), and change is made for the better. Great to see!— Taylor Carpenter (@pokemon1828) November 29, 2018
Riley told Teen Vogue she just wanted to level the playing field (and court). “I wanted to write the letter because it seems unfair that the shoes are only in the boys’ section and not in the girls’ section,” she says. “I wanted to help make things equal for all girls, because girls play basketball, too.”
With her letter, she took a big step toward doing exactly that.