9-year-old girl asks Stephen Curry why his shoe was for boys only, NBA star promptly makes it available for girls too
The basketball star replied that the Under Armour Curry 5 shoes will be made available for girls too and promised 9-year-old Riley Morrison a pair from the next collection
NBA players are usually very accustomed to getting questions from journalists but Stephen Curry was not really prepared for a question from a young 9-year-old girl called Riley Morrison. Little Riley had spent a lot of time looking for basketball sneakers to take to the court but was very disappointed and frustrated at the lack of options available for young girls.
She decided to contact none other than Curry himself to see if he would be able to help her out with her dilemma. Riley who is from Napa, California sent a handwritten letter to Curry asking why the new Under Armour Curry 5 shoes were only listed in the boy's and men's sections even though they are customizable for other sizes.
A 9-year old girl named Riley Morrison wrote a letter to Steph Curry asking him why his new Curry 5 shoes are only available in boys sizes.— Athlete Swag (@AthleteSwag) November 29, 2018
Steph wrote back 🙌 pic.twitter.com/jMJIFOH1pO
She told the two time MVP that she had visited Under Armour website with her dad but was not able to find Curry 5s for sale in the girl's section. In her letter to Curry, she wrote, "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 5s, too."
She also added that she is a huge fan of his and also loves to go to Warriors games along with her father. Her father Chris Morrison was quoted by Teen Vogue saying, "She looked at me and said, ‘Dad, that’s not fair'. And I said, ‘Well maybe you can write a letter.'"
9 year-old Riley Morrison dribbles on a wet street with no hoop in sight as local and network tv crews look on. She wanted #Curry5 basketball shoes marketed to girls, wrote Curry a letter & he replied. "This is not about shoes," said her dad. #abc7now We get it. Changed already pic.twitter.com/MfOGQuy0vg— Wayne Freedman (@WayneFreedman) November 29, 2018
Riley decided to take up her father's suggestion and reached out to Curry via the letter that soon went viral. Curry also responded with a handwritten letter promising her that he would address the issue, and she would be amongst the first children to ever receive a pair of Curry 6 once they were released.
The 30-year-old wrote, "Hey Riley, I appreciate your concern and have spent the last two days talking to Under Armour about how we can fix the issue."
"Unfortunately, we have labeled smaller sizes as ‘Boys’ on the website. We are correcting this now! I want to make sure you can wear my kicks proudly—so I’m going to send you a pair of Curry 5s now and you’ll be one of the first kids to get the Curry 6," he continued.
He also added that Under Armour have got "something special" in the works in order to help celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8 and invited Riley to celebrate with him.
Under Armour released a statement to Newsweek and said, "Thanks to Riley and Stephen, we’re correcting a simple yet critical error. We’ve actually offered Curry signature footwear in youth sizing for boys and girls since the initial Curry 1; however, labeling that youth sizing for 'Boys' and not designating it for boys and girls, was simply wrong.
"Beginning now and moving forward our youth sizes will be properly labeled on UA.com to reflect co-gender 'Grade School' sizing, and on boxes beginning with the first youth sizes of the Curry 6 delivering this spring."