Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry has built a shoe empire since signing with Under Armour in 2013, but that doesn't mean he's not open to advice — even if it's from a kid.
A few days ago, a letter written by a 9-year-old girl named Riley started circulating on social media. The letter was addressed to Curry, asking him why his new shoes are available for boys — and not girls — on Under Armour's website.
"I know you support girl athletes because you have two daughters and you host an all girls basketball camp," the letter reads. "I hope you can work with Under Armour to change this because girls want to rock the Curry 5's too."
On Thursday, Curry issued a response.
"I appreciate your concern and have spent the last 2 days talking to Under Armour about how we can fix the issue," Curry wrote in a letter, which he posted on Twitter. "Unfortunately, we have labeled smaller sizes as 'boys' on the website. We are correcting this now! I want to make sure you can wear my kicks proudly — so I am going to send you a pair of Curry 5's now and you'll be one of the first kids to get the Curry 6.
"Lastly, we have something special in the works for International Women's Day on March 8th, and I want you to celebrate with me! More to come on that, but plan to be in Oakland that night! All the best!"
According to Teen Vogue, which talked to Riley and her father, Chris Morrison, Riley has been playing basketball since she was 4 years old, and she "wanted to write the letter because it seems unfair that the shoes are only in the boys’ section and not in the girls’ section.”
“I wanted to help make things equal for all girls, because girls play basketball, too,” she told the publication.
Curry's response should come as no surprise, as the two-time MVP has long been an advocate for gender equality. In an August essay published in The Players' Tribune, Curry took a deep dive into the issue.
"I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that the idea of women’s equality has become a little more personal for me, lately, and a little more real," Curry wrote. "I want our girls to grow up knowing that there are no boundaries that can be placed on their futures, period.
"I want them to grow up in a world where their gender does not feel like a rulebook for what they should think, or be, or do. And I want them to grow up believing that they can dream big, and strive for careers where they’ll be treated fairly."