Riley Morrison wants to wear Golden State Warriors player Stephen Curry’s new Curry 5 shoes, but there is just one problem: Riley is a girl and, for some reason, Curry’s shoes are only available in men’s and boys’ sizes.
Riley’s solution? The 9-year-old from Napa, California, wrote a letter to the NBA Star.
Vox Media’s Liz Plank shared the letter on Twitter and tagged Curry:
— Liz Plank (@feministabulous) November 26, 2018
“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.”
And Riley wasn’t the only one. Other girls had gone home disappointed after shopping for basketball shoes.
So true, my daughter started a year ago and we could not find girl shoes either and was so disappointed we had ringer no name ones
— Chelley (@joleinmama) November 29, 2018
I hope this does change – I can remember being in HS shopping at Finish Line in the men’s department for b-ball shoes because I was always so disappointed in the lack of choices for women.
— Amanda (@AKoldy) November 28, 2018
I had this same issue, my daughter who also plays basketball was looking for them for girls. We ended up buying her a boys pair.
— Brandi (@BeBeDMeza) November 29, 2018
Riley has been playing basketball since she was four years old. She starts off her letter saying she’s a “big fan” of Curry, who has been an outspoken advocate for girls and women. He penned an essay for The Player’s Tribune about what it is like to raise two daughters in 2018 and addressed, among other things, the gender pay gap. The essay is called “This Is Personal.”
Curry posted a response letter on his own Twitter page.
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) November 29, 2018
And people are thankful for players like Curry.
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
This is so personal when you took time to write to Riley and not type. God Bless you always.♥
— Johnnie Crowell (@John_Girll) November 29, 2018
— Monique (@JavaMon25) November 29, 2018
— … (@Raphael1879) November 29, 2018
— Charlene De Guzman (@enelrahcaem16) November 29, 2018
You are a god 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
— Santana (@Pedro_5antana) November 29, 2018
As a female player since the 80’s (I still play 1x per week) I can tell you that I have always had to buy men’s/boys shoes for basketball because most stores in my area don’t carry a women’s line. I hate that this is still commonplace, ,happy that UA is looking to change that! 💕
— MoniB (@CrossingViolet) November 29, 2018
Athletes making strides toward inclusion is a big deal because, for years, women have been told they can’t do what men do.
Curry and other athletes are looking society dead in the eyes and saying, “Oh yes they can.”
I was in tears as I read this to my daughter. You are one special person.
— CalWestCoast ⏳ (@calwestcoast) November 29, 2018
— iamprettyraine03 (@iamprettyraine) November 29, 2018
Be the change… Nice work!!
— jeff rose (@jnrose5) November 29, 2018
You're a class act sir!
— Zed Gunnarson 😡⚔️😵 (@Hrothgar1000) November 29, 2018
Blaze on, Riley. We can’t wait to see you rocking your new Curry 5s!