Pro basketball star Stephen Curry made good on his promise to a 9-year-old girl, as Riley Morrison helped the Warriors star design a pair of shoes in honor of International Women’s Day, Sports Illustrated reported.
Riley wrote a letter to the Golden State Warriors star last fall, wondering why his Under Armour signature shoes were only sold in boys’ sizes, the magazine reported.
Curry wrote back, telling Riley that “We are correcting this NOW.”
Change comes with action; action can come from anyone. @StephenCurry30 is celebrating #InternationalWomensDay, revealing the promise he made with a young Riley Morrison, showing girls everywhere the power of a determined voice: https://t.co/x4n1jMpWKD pic.twitter.com/2JRxb0ZSnN— Under Armour News (@UAnews) March 8, 2019
He also surprised Riley with two pairs of his new Curry 6 shoes on Christmas Day.
But designing the shoes was the biggest prize.
Riley helped Curry create the UA ICON Curry 6 United We Win colorway, a blend of purple, deep orchid and white. The shoes will be released Friday to coincide with International Women’s Day, Sports Illustrated reported.
"I was immediately impressed when I saw Riley's letter; that a 9-year-old girl had the courage to use her voice to call attention to an issue and keep us accountable," Curry told Sports Illustrated. "She was focused on the opportunity for ALL girls, not just herself. She's been an amazing catalyst for change–not only with my product but also with the entire Under Armour brand. She is inspiring, and wise beyond her years."
The new shoes also come with a sockliner Rylie helped design. It features two girls playing basketball, surrounded by inspirational phrases like “Be Fearless,” “Girls Hoop Too” and “Rock the Curry,” the magazine reported.
“I’ve been kinda blown away, and certainly grateful for the opportunities that Stephen has given me, including sharing inspiration for other girls through the sockliner art. This has been such an incredible experience," Riley told Sports Illustrated.
Proceeds from sales of the new shoes will help fund a scholarship that the Stephen and Ayesha Curry Family Foundation and Under Armour created for college-bound female students in the San Francisco Bay Area, the magazine reported.
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