Steph Curry is a beloved athlete, an inspiration to many on and off the basketball court and also a proud #girldad.
So when 9-year-old Riley Morrison wrote to Curry asking why his Under Armour Curry 5 sneakers were not available for girls, Curry took action to make sure his sneakers are inclusive.
Morrison wrote a note to Curry after her dad tried to buy Curry 5 shoes for her upcoming basketball season, but couldn't find them in the girls' section on the Under Armour website. "I hope you can work with Under Armour to change this, because girls want to rock the Curry 5's too," Morrison wrote to Curry in the letter her dad posted to Facebook.
Curry took the suggestion to heart, writing back to Riley (who not only shares his love of basketball but also the name of one of his daughters) to let her know that he's making changes with the team at Under Armour—and that he's working on a surprise for her, as well.
He's hooking her up with the Curry 5s, a pair of his next shoes, the Curry 6, and he's asked her to come out to Oakland for "something special in the works on International Women's Day on March 8."
This whole thing has got us thinking about the strange ways kids' clothes and shoes are made and marketed. Do sneakers really need to be separated into boys and girls sections when the sizes are the same? No, they really don't. We could just call them "kids' shoes."
The whole thing is reminiscent of another recent story involving a celebrity—when one mom's viral plea for real pockets on girls' pants reached Reese Witherspoon, who amplified the message through her Instagram account.
Some girls play basketball. Some girls like to put rocks in their pockets. This is why we love the trend toward gender-neutral kids' gear, and why we love Steph Curry. He gets it.
We can't wait to see what Curry's got planned for little Riley on International Women's Day!