Steph Curry came through for a 9-year-old fan who asked why his sneakers aren't made for girls

Riley Morrison is a nine-year-old Steph Curry fan. She plays basketball, and loves going to Golden State Warriors games with her dad, Chris. So it wasn’t surprising that Riley wanted to lace up a pair of Under Armor Curry 5’s to start her new basketball season.

But there was one problem. When Riley and her dad went to the Under Armor site and looked for Curry 5’s in her size, they couldn’t find any in the girls’ section. So Riley picked up a pen and wrote a letter to Curry, the man behind the shoe, to ask him why the Curry 5’s didn’t come in sizes for girls. Her dad posted it to Instagram.

My name is Riley (just like your daughter), I’m 9 years old from Napa, California. I am a big fan of yours. I enjoy going to Warriors games with my dad. I asked my dad to buy me the new Curry 5’s because I’m starting a new basketball season. My dad and I visited the Under Armor website and were disappointed to see that there were no Curry 5’s for sale under the girls section. However, they did have them for sale under the boy’s section, even to customize. 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 Armor to change this because girls want to rock the Curry 5’s too.

Riley just wants to wear sneakers designed by her favorite basketball player, which is what any young fan might want regardless of gender. She talked to Teen Vogue about why she wrote the letter, and said that it wasn’t just about her getting to wear the sneakers — she wanted all girls to have the same chance that boys do.

“I wanted to write the letter because it seems unfair that the shoes are only in the boys’ section and not in the girls’ section,” Riley tells Teen Vogue. “I wanted to help make things equal for all girls, because girls play basketball, too.”

Riley’s letter got Curry’s attention. He wrote her back with good news, as well as a few surprises.

I appreciate your concern and have spent the last 2 days talking to Under Armor about how we can fix the issue. 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 8, and I want you to celebrate with me! More to come on that, but plan to be in Oakland that night! All the Best!

Not only did Curry talk to Under Armor about fixing the problem (and getting the shoes categorized correctly on the website), he’s going to send her a pair of the shoes she wanted, plus a pair of his newest design. And there’s more — he’s planning something for International Women’s Day in March, and wants Riley to come.

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Gonzaga's Micah Downs (L) battle Davidson's Stephen Curry for a loose ball during the first half of their first round NCAA men's basketball tournament game in Raleigh, North Carolina March 21, 2008. REUTERS/Ellen Ozier (UNITED STATES)
Davidson Wildcats' Stephen Curry celebrates after a three-pointer against the Wisconsin Badgers during second half of their NCAA men's Midwest Regional basketball game in Detroit March 28, 2008. REUTERS/John Gress (UNITED STATES)
Players attending the 2009 NBA Draft pose on stage with NBA Commissioner David Stern before the start of the Draft in New York, June 25, 2009. From left are Jordan Hill, Stephen Curry, Stern, Hasheem Thabeet (back C) Ricky Rubio and Blake Griffin. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES SPORT BASKETBALL)
Stephen Curry of the U.S. gestures while biting on his mouth guard during a friendly basketball game against Greece ahead of the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Athens August 25, 2010. The FIBA World Championship will take place in Turkey from August 28 to September 12. REUTERS/Kostas Tsironis (GREECE - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry holds the trophy after winning the skills challenge event during the NBA basketball All-Star weekend in Los Angeles, February 19, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry bites a mouth piece during the first quarter of his NBA basketball game against Los Angeles Lakers in Oakland, California December 22, 2012. REUTERS/Stephen Lam (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry and New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (R) wait for a rebound in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, February 27, 2013. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Feb 12, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) moves to the basket against Miami Heat center Chris Bosh (1) the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. The Heat defeated the Warriors 111-110. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 14, 2015; New York, NY, USA; Team Curry legend Dell Curry (left) and Team Curry guard Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors (30, right) celebrate during the 2015 NBA All Star Shooting Stars competition at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
April 10, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30, right) drives to the basket against Denver Nuggets guard Aaron Brooks (0) during the third quarter at Oracle Arena. The Nuggets defeated the Warriors 100-99. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 27, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first quarter in game four of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
May 3, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) is defended by Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) in game seven of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. The Clippers defeated the Warriors 126-121 to win the series 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 14, 2015; New York, NY, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates during the 2015 NBA All Star Three Point Contest competition at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
April 18, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr (left) talks to guard Stephen Curry (30, right) during the third quarter in game one of the first round of the NBA Playoffs against the New Orleans Pelicans at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Pelicans 106-99. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
May 5, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) hoists the MVP trophy before game two of the second round of the NBA Playoffs against the Memphis Grizzlies at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
May 13, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates in front of forward Draymond Green (23) after making a three-point basket during the first quarter in game five of the second round of the NBA Playoffs against the Memphis Grizzlies at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
May 27, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates with the western conference championship trophy after defeating the Houston Rockets in game five of the Western Conference Finals of the NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 16, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates with forward Draymond Green (23) during the third quarter of game six of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 16, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) poses with the Larry O'Brien Trophy as Golden State Warriors guard Andre Iguodala (9) celebrates with the NBA Finals MVP trophy after beating the Cleveland Cavaliers in game six of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 04: National Basketball Asssociation MVP Stephen Curry (3rd R) laughs as U.S. President Barack Obama jokes during his remarks at an event for the 2015 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors in the East Room on February 4, 2016 in Washington, DC. Obama welcomed the Warriors to the White House to congratulate the team on their championshhip season. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors prepares to hit the 'Keep Pounding' drum for the Carolina Panthers prior to Super Bowl 50 against the Denver Broncos at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Jun 8, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots the ball over Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson (13) during the first half in game three of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 16, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) speaks to the media after game six of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. The Cavaliers won 115-101. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
October 21, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) and forward Kevin Durant (35) celebrate after Curry made a three-point basket during the second quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 19, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) flexes against the Los Angeles Lakers during the fourth quarter at Valley View Casino Center. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
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It’s always surprising that a professional basketball player — or any pro athlete — would take the time to respond to a kid’s letter. But Curry takes equality for women very seriously. He and his wife, Ayesha, have two young daughters, and in August he wrote an essay for the Players’ Tribune about how personal the issue of women’s equality has become for him. He wrote about hosting his first annual all-girls basketball camp, about closing the gender pay gap, and about the future he wants for his daughters.

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.

Sneakers are just sneakers, but it’s clear that Curry knows that the change Riley inspired — just because she asked for it — is a step in the right direction.

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Liz Roscher is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at lizroscher@yahoo.com or follow her on Twitter at @lizroscher.

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