In honor of International Women’s Day, NBA star Stephen Curry released his latest sneaker that he co-designed with the 9-year-old who wrote a letter asking him to make sneakers for girls.
As Dearly previously reported, Riley Morrison became upset when she was searching online with her father for the Under Armour Curry 5’s and realized that they were only available for boys.
In honor of #InternationalWomensDay, Steph designed a new shoe in collaboration with Riley Morrison, the 9-yr-old fan who originally pointed out that his Currys weren’t available in girls sizes.
— 95.7 The Game (@957thegame) March 8, 2019
The young Golden State Warriors fan sat down and wrote the two-time MVP a letter.
Her father then shared it on social media.
@EmmaWatson Hi Emma, I know you are a big advocate for women. I was hoping you could retweet my daughter’s letter to @StephenCurry30 . This is her small way of making a difference and speaking up for women. You are a role model for her. We both would be very thankful. pic.twitter.com/mYNRtPMXP0
— Chris Morrison (@Morn24) November 21, 2018
Curry eventually saw Riley’s letter and responded. He said that he was working to fix the issue and that she would be receiving the Curry 5’s and be one of the first to receive the 6’s.
Now, as NBC News reports, the Under Armour Icon Curry 6 “United We Win” sneakers are officially ready to hit the shelves roughly four months later.
The dark and light purple sneaker contains a sock liner designed by Riley.
The liner features a drawing of two girls holding a basketball and is accompanied by messages like “Rock the Currys,” “Girl Power,” and “Be Bold.”
Steph Curry surprises 4th-grader who asked him why his shoe line wasn't sold to girls.
— CBS Sunday Morning 🌞 (@CBSSunday) March 8, 2019
Curry surprised Riley with her own pair of Curry 6’s while she was visiting a pop-up shop in Oakland on Thursday.
“It’s been amazing. It’s a really special experience. I never imagined that this would happen. I’m really happy I wrote that letter.”
These special sneakers cost $130 and are available on the Under Armour website. The brand says that profits from Curry 6 sales will fund a scholarship that will be awarded to a girl entering college in the Bay Area.
NBC reports that Under Armour plans to announce a winner for the scholarship every year around International Women’s Day.