Stephen Curry makes shoes available to girls online after letter

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Friday, November 30, 2018

Nine-year-old Riley Morrison needed shoes for the new hoops season, but after deciding she liked Under Armour's Stephen Curry model, she couldn't find a pair online. So she took her problem straight to the top, writing a letter to theGolden State Warriors star.

Saying she's a big fan, Morrison wrote that she and her dad "were disappointed to see that there were no Curry 5s for sale under the girls section. However, they did have them for sale under the boy's section, even to customize."

Smartly playing up that Curry is the father of two girls and runs a girls' basketball camp, Morrison wrote: "I hope you can work with Under Armour to change this because girls want to rock Curry 5's too."

Her activism worked. Curry wrote back, "We are correcting this now!" And that wasn't all. He also said he was sending her a pair of Curry 5s, and "you'll be one of the first kids to get the Curry 6."

Curry also invited Morrison to celebrate with him in Oakland on March 8 for International Women's Day.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr isn't surprised at how Curry responded to Morrison's letter.

"I saw that," Kerr said before Thursday's game at Toronto. "It doesn't surprise me one bit. Steph is -- as great of a player as he is, he's an equally impressive human being. His interaction with our fans, just people in general who he comes across, that's all genuine.

"That's the beauty of Steph. He understands his power. He understands the impact he can make on people's lives. I'm just incredibly proud of him and our other guys. I think we have a whole team full of guys like that. But Steph stands out because of the amount of attention he gets and the adoration he receives from millions of young teenage boys and girls everywhere. Again, I love the fact that Steph is aware of his impact and utilizes it for nothing but the good of other people."

A look at the Under Armour site Thursday revealed that the Curry 5 shoes are indeed available in the girls' section.

Morrison told Teen Vogue, which originally reported the story,that she wrote to Curry because she thought it was "unfair" that the shoes were only available in the boys' section of the website.

"I wanted to help make things equal for all girls, because girls play basketball too," she said.

ESPN's Nick Friedell contributed to this report.