Steph Curry releases new sneakers co-designed by girl who asked why his shoes were only sold to boys
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NBA star Stephen Curry honored International Women's Day with a new release of his signature shoes, which he co-designed with the 9-year-old who went viral months ago when she asked him why his namesake sneakers weren’t available in sizes for girls.

The new shoe, known as the Under Armour Icon Curry 6 "United We Win," was designed with a blend of purple and deep orchid with white. The inside of the shoe features a sock liner designed by 9-year-old Riley Morrison that shows girls playing basketball, surrounded by the words like “Be Fearless,” “Girl Power,” “Be the Change” and Girls Hoop Too.”

Under Armour said in a statement on its website that Curry had “wanted to create a Curry 6 colorway to celebrate International Women’s Day and honor the women in his life, the son, brother, husband and father to two daughters could not have predicted how monumental that decision would be.”

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“Fast forward a year to November 2018,” the company continued. “Nine-year-old Riley Morrison was searching for Stephen Curry-UA signature basketball shoes when she recognized a problem; she could not find any in the Girls section on UA.com.”

“Instead of just accepting the situation, Riley decided to write Stephen Curry a letter telling him about her experience,” the company said. “She had no idea that Stephen would soon write her back and would himself call on Under Armour to address the inequality.” 

Morrison, whose letter to Curry asking him why his signature shoes weren’t available in sizes for girls captured headlines last year, said she has “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," said Morrison.                 

The company said sales of the Curry 6 will be put towards a scholarship that the Stephen and Ayesha Curry Family Foundation and Under Armour “have created to honor Riley’s courageous spirit.”

“The scholarship will go to a worthy college-bound female student from the Bay Area who has shown an aptitude for overcoming adversity, catalyzing change within their community, and demonstrating excellence in a STEM-related field of study,” the company said.

The $30,000 scholarship will be announced once a year around International Women's Day and will cover over two years. It also requires that the recipient “take two or more STEM-related classes each semester while maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA.”