NBA star Steph Curry is a father to two young daughters and a very vocal supporter of women — who can forget the passionate essay he wrote to commemorate this year’s Women’s Equality Day? But one bold young fan is calling Curry out for not bringing that same voice for change to his own Under Armour sneaker line.
Disappointed that she couldn’t find any Curry 5 kicks for girls, 9-year-old Californian Riley Morrison wrote a letter to the Golden State Warriors guard (which her father shared on Instagram). “I asked my dad to buy me the new Curry 5s because I am starting a new basketball season,” she wrote. “My dad and I visited the Under Armour website and we were disappointed to see that there were no Curry 5s for sale under the girls’ section.”
Morrison went on to acknowledge Curry’s support for girls in sports, while urging him to rethink how his kids’ sneakers are designed and marketed. “I know you support girl athletes because you have two daughters and you host an all-girls’ basketball camp,” she said. “I hope you can work with Under Armour to change this because girls want to rock the Curry 5s, too.”
Curry wasted no time responding to Morrison’s missive with a tweet, letting her know he’s heard her loud and clear and that he’s taking action. Matching her original note with a handwritten response of his own, Curry said: “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 fixing this now.”
Curry then did one better, promising to send Morrison a free pair of Curry 5s and that she will be among the first kids to score a pair of the Curry 6s. He also hinted about special plans for the upcoming International Women’s Day on March 8, inviting Morrison to join him for the event. “I want you to celebrate with me. More to come on that, but plan to be in Oakland that night.” And with that, it’s safe to say that Curry has redeemed himself in the eyes of this young fan.
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