Steph Curry responds to 9-year-old asking why his shoes don’t come in girl’s sizes

Riley Morrison                                  Steph Curry

Riley’s letter to Curry

Curry’s letter back to Riley

 

On November 29th, Riley Morrison, a 9-year-old girl from Napa, California received a hand-written letter from Stephen Curry, star of NBA team Golden State Warriors. Riley had previously written a letter to Curry, explaining how she wanted to get a pair of Curry 5 basketball shoes from Under Armour’s website, but there weren’t any sizes for girls. Riley was facing a problem that was unfair to girls and was able to speak up about it. “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 5s too,” Riley said in her letter. To her surprise, Curry responded to her with his own hand-written letter. He claimed that he has been working on this issue together with Under Armour for the past two days, and she’ll be one of the first kids to receive the Curry 6’s. He even invited her to celebrate International Women’s Day with him in Oakland.

I think that it’s so brave for Riley to stand up for women, even at such a young age. I also think that Curry handled this problem perfectly, and gained him an even better reputation than what he already has. Curry fixed this problem as fast as possible, after seeing Riley’s letter, and not only responded to her, and showed his support for International Women’s Day in March 2019. Sexism is a problem worldwide, and many young women and girls were speaking up against it. Riley’s letter inspired people to take action about the problems. Riley tells Teen Vogue that she wrote the letter because “it seems unfair that the shoes are only in the boys’ section and not in the girls’ section,” and that she “wanted to help make things equal for all girls, because girls play basketball  too.” The younger generation is facing this problem with determination, so why cannot the older generations do so as well? Gender equality is not just a dream, it can be true if we all work towards this goal together.

 

Discussion Questions:

What are your thoughts on how Riley stood up for women in sports?

Do you think Curry handled this situation well? Why or why not?

 

Works Cited

Gutierrez, Lisa. “ Sports Girl, 9, Asks Stephen Curry Why His Sneakers Don’t Come in Sizes for Girls.” Newsela | No Legs, No Problem for Alabama Teenage Wrestler Who Went 37-0, Newsela, 6 Dec. 2018, newsela.com/read/girls-want-curry-sneakers-too/id/47877.

Vomiero, Jessica. “Steph Curry Responds to 9-Year-Old Asking Why His Shoes Don’t Come in Girl’s Sizes.” Global News, Global News, 30 Nov. 2018, globalnews.ca/news/4714088/steph-curry-9-year-old-shoes-girls/.

Rivas, Mekita. “This 9-Year-Old Basketball Player Is Asking Steph Curry Why His Sneakers Are Only Made for Boys.” Teen Vogue, TeenVogue.com, 29 Nov. 2018, www.teenvogue.com/story/9-year-old-basketball-player-letter-steph-curry-under-armour-boys-sizes.