When one young basketball fan took it upon herself to ask Steph Curry to help make an important change to his kids’ shoe line, the 30-year-old father of three stepped up in the best way.
Golden State Warrior point guard, Steph Curry, proved he really is golden when he rose up to meet the request of nine-year-old Riley Morrison. The young fan wrote Curry a letter asking for help when she discovered that the star’s shoe line, Under Armour Curry 5 Grade School, were not available in girls’ sizes. Riley’s dad shared her letter on Instagram in hopes that the star player would see it and respond. And oh, how he did!
“I am a big fan of yours,” Riley wrote. The rest of her letter is super impressive:
“I enjoy going to Warriors games with my dad. I asked my dad to buy me the new Curry 5’s because I’m starting a new 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. However, they did have them for sale under the boy’s section, even to customize. 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.”
Curry, who recently wrote an awesome essay about his passion for women’s equality, gave the perfect response. Not only did he agree that the labeling of the shoes for boys was a problem, but he promised to fix it. In a hand-written letter he shared on Twitter, Curry wrote:
“I appreciate your concern and have spent the last 2 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!”
Not only did he step up correct the problem, but he also rewarded Riley’s initiative with a few special gifts, adding “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 special in the works for International Women’s Day on March 8, and I want you to celebrate with me! More to come on that, but plan to be in Oakland that night! All the Best!”
While we are overjoyed at Curry’s response, the real applause here belongs to Riley who stood up for something she believed in order to make a change, not only for herself, but all girls. In an interview with Teen Vogue, Riley explained why she wrote the letter:”It seems unfair that the shoes are only in the boys’ section and not in the girls’ section. I wanted to help make things equal for all girls, because girls play basketball, too.”
Bravo, Riley—and kudos to Curry, too.
Featured photo: Steph Curry via Instagram