Riley Morrison

Under Armour Curry 6’s that young Riley helped design have sold out

Under Armour Curry 6’s that young Riley helped design have sold out

When Riley Morrison wrote to Stephen Curry last year, she didn't expect a reply.

The 9-year-old from Napa just wanted a pair of Curry 5’s, but they didn't have any listed on the Under Armour website in the girl's section. In her handwritten note to Steph, she mentioned her disappointment because "girls want to rock the Curry 5’s, too." 

He took care of it. A new type of shoe was invented and instantly became a hit. So much so that they sold out just one day after their release date of March 8 -- International Women's Day. 

via UnderArmour website

That didn't take long. 

The two-time NBA MVP invited Morrison and her family to a pop-up shop in Oakland where she was introduced to the Curry 6's she helped design. The purple shoes were put on display, and she had a brand-new pair on her feet.

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Sales of the Curry 6 United We Win’s go toward a scholarship that the Currys (Stephen and Ayesha) and Under Armour created in honor of Riley, according to the Under Armour website.

Steph wore the 6's in Friday night's Warriors win over the Nuggets, with Riley in attendance.

Steph Curry surprises Riley Morrison, who helped design latest Curry 6

Steph Curry surprises Riley Morrison, who helped design latest Curry 6

OAKLAND -- "Be the change."

That's Riley Morrison's favorite phrase on the sock liner she designed for Steph Curry's new Curry 6 "United We Win" shoe colorway. The liner features two girls and several other phrases, including "Rock The Currys," "Girl Power," and "Girls Hoop Too."

Riley, 9, wrote to Curry back in November, asking why his Under Armour shoes didn't come in girls' sizes. As she told NBC Sports Bay Area on Thursday, she viewed it as "unfair" that there were no sizes for girls listed on the Under Armour website.

Riley and her parents didn't expect a response, let alone the life-changing events that have happened since.

On Thursday, Riley and her family got to spend a little private time with the Warriors’ star point guard at his Under Armour pop-up shop in downtown Oakland. The purple "United We Win" shoes were displayed prominently in the store, and Riley had a brand new pair on her feet.

"It was great meeting him today because I thought we were only doing an interview, and then he surprised me," Riley told NBC Sports Bay Area. "I was really surprised."

Under Armour captured the moment that Curry met Riley.

Curry, in the middle of his 10th NBA season, took the time to write a hand-written letter in response to Riley, something the Napa native didn't see coming.

"I thought maybe they’d just change the problem [on the website]," Riley said.

Curry did more than that. In conjunction with International Women's Day, a scholarship will be created and awarded annually to a "girl who is a catalyst for change," according to Riley's father, Chris Morrison. The proceeds from the sales of the "United We Win" Curry 6s will fund the scholarship.

While Riley didn't expect Curry to respond, she had a lofty goal when she wrote the letter in November.

"I had all girls in mind," Riley said. "I was thinking that maybe I could change it for everybody, not only girls, but everybody that knows a girl that wants to wear his shoes."

Curry is a mega-celebrity, but Riley has become a big star in her own right. She didn't tell her friends at school right away, but when she finally did, it drew an interesting reaction.

"Some didn’t believe me," Riley said. "Some people were really happy for me, some people wanted to meet Steph and some people even wanted my autograph."

Megan Lopez, Riley's mom, has been blown away by what she's seen from Curry.

"I think that when you meet someone that you think is really amazing and sometimes you’re let down," Lopez said. "I just think that he’s surpassed everything we thought. He’s really been gracious and over-the-top kind."

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So, will Riley and Steph be best friends forever?

"I hope so," Chris Morrison said. "When I was a kid, if I knew Michael Jordan was going to call and check in on me once a year or something like that, you might shoot it a little higher. So maybe it’ll be a good little motivation, like when mom and dad are trying to get you motivated, 'Steph’s gonna call and check on you, you better get your homework done.' “

Riley Morrison's parents proud she wrote to Steph Curry, made a change

Riley Morrison's parents proud she wrote to Steph Curry, made a change

Riley Morrison's goal was to change the world for the better, and the 9-year-old from Napa recently did just that.

And her parents are full of pride for what their daughter was able to accomplish.

"She's written a letter, she's used her words, her voice," Megan Lopez, Riley's mom, told NBC Bay Area on Thursday afternoon. "Which we as her parents have really taught her, 'Use your voice to make a change,’ and she is, and we couldn't be more proud of her."

In case you missed it, Riley was looking for Curry 5s in girls sizes, but when she and her dad, Chris Morrison, couldn't find them on the Under Armour website, he told her to write a letter to Curry.

"We visited the site, and we went to the girls page, and my dad, he checked the girls and they still didn't have them," Riley said. "So he checked the boys, and they had them and even to customize. They were like, 'You should write a letter and just try to fix this.' “

Early Thursday morning, Curry responded to Riley's handwritten letter with a handwritten letter of his own, and he tweeted it. The way Curry responded resonated with Riley.

"Steph Curry wrote the letter, and I was really happy it wasn't typed. It was actually hand-written," Riley said.

The gesture from Curry left Riley's dad in awe.

"I'm just so thrilled with Steph Curry and his response and the fact that he made my daughter's day, week, year, millennium. She is over the moon about this," Chris Morrison said.