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Golden State Warriors basketball star Steph Curry promised a 9-year-old Napa girl his popular Under Armour shoes in girls’ sizes.
Now, on International Women’s Day, Under Armour is selling the Curry 6 “United We Win” that she helped design.
Riley Morrison wrote a letter to Curry four months ago after she noticed a problem with ordering girl-size Curry basketball shoes.
“I asked my dad to buy me the new Curry 5’s, because I’m starting a new basketball season,” Riley wrote. “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 girls 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.”
The letter was sent off and shared on social media by Riley’s father Chris, a Napa firefighter. Curry quickly posted a response.
“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!” he wrote.
Curry’s response didn’t stop there. He also sent her a pair of Curry 5s and invited her to help design the Curry 6s.
Morrison chose the color scheme — a blend of purple, deep orchid, and white — and the sock liner, featuring two girls playing basketball, surrounded by words that inspire Riley, such as “Be Fearless,” “Girl Power,” “Be the Change,” “Girls Hoop Too,” and “Rock the Currys.”
“I was immediately impressed when I saw Riley’s letter; that a nine year old girl had the courage to use her voice to call attention to an issue and keep us accountable,” Curry said in a statement released by Under Armour. “She was focused on the opportunity for ALL girls, not just herself. She’s been an amazing catalyst for change – not only with my product but also with the entire Under Armour brand. She is inspiring, and wise beyond her years.”
Curry sent Riley a pair of the Curry 6 shoes she helped create on Thursday before the official release.
Proceeds from sales of the new United We Win shoes will go toward a scholarship that the Stephen and Ayesha Curry Family Foundation and Under Armour have created for college-bound female students in the Bay Area.
SFGATE senior produce Katie Dowd contributed to this story.
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