Nine-year-old Riley Morrison had a problem. For her upcoming basketball season, the Golden State Warriors fan wanted a new pair of Under Armour Curry 5's ... But, when Morrison and her father Chris browsed the Under Armour website for a pair in her ...and more »
Nov 30, 2018, 01:37pm
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Nine-year-old Riley Morrison had a problem. For her upcoming basketball season, the Golden State Warriors fan wanted a new pair of Under Armour Curry 5’s ... But, when Morrison and her father Chris browsed the Under Armour website for a pair in her size, they came up empty in the girls' section.
Riley decided she would take her problem to the person who could solve it. She wrote a letter to Stephen Curry, the NBA star whose name is on the hoop shoes Riley couldn't find. Riley's father Chris posted the letter on Instagram.
"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 told Teen Vogue. "I wanted to help make things equal for all girls, because girls play basketball, too."
And the Warriors two-time NBA MVP responded with a handwritten note.
It's an inspiring back and forth. The pre-tween girl carving out a place for her voice in a world dominated by boys and men. Her advocating not just for a pair of hoop shoes, but for girls everywhere. The superstar providing a personal response.
There's even more to unpack here. It's all simple, easy stuff, but worth noting.
The personal response is always a masterful touch.
The response forwarded something. It wasn't an empty "thanks for letting us know" letter.
Curry made the change happen. Go to the girls' section of the website now. No surprise to see what's listed as the top seller.
Here's where it gets even better: Curry turned around and acknowledged the sender. "Appreciate you helping us get better Riley! We got you," he wrote in the Tweet that accompanied the image of his response letter. Enough can't be said about the power of acknowledgment. In this case, Curry took what could've been received as criticism and shaped it into a positive event. He made the change requested and then credited Riley for being the power behind it. Nothing negative here.
It's not over. The sneakers are under the girls' section. Check. Riley has been acknowledged. Check. But it goes further, Riley will now be part of an International Women's Day event in March. Curry is making sure this moment, this letter from a 9-year-old, won't be forgotten.
I write about leadership as seen through sports with a particular focus on football and basketball. I also write sports books and produce documentary films. I produced the ESPN Films "30 for 30" "Catholics vs Convicts" and "The Last Days of Knight" as well as the New York Ti...
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