Thursday, September 23, 2021

Kobe Bryant’s Mamba Sports Foundation Being Renamed to Honor Daughter Gianna

Gianna and Kobe Bryant
Gianna and Kobe Bryant

*Vanessa Bryant announced on Thursday that Kobe’s charity organization will now honor the memory of the Lakers legend and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna

In a post shared on her Instagram page, Vanessa said the Mamba Sports Foundation will be renamed to the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation, which aims to support underserved communities and especially youth and young women through sports.

Gianna was known as ‘Mambacita,’ a play on her father’s nickname “The Black Mamba,” and she had a bright future that Kobe envisioned would carry on his basketball legacy.

“Because there is no #24 without #2, we have updated the Mamba Sports Foundation to now be called the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation,” Vanessa wrote on Instagram.

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The Mamba Sports Foundation will be renamed to honour Gigi Bryant as well as Kobe

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According to the foundation’s website, its goals are “focused on creating a positive impact through sports.” The organization also “aims to develop learning skills, enhancing character traits, and expanding personal values that ultimately empower and inspire self-confidence.” 

Kobe and Gianna died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California along with seven other people while on the way to a basketball tournament on Jan. 26. A public memorial for the victims is set to take place at Staples Center on Feb. 24.

There are also several planned tributes in Chicago this weekend for All-Star festivities.

 

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February 24th, a public memorial will be held at Staples for Kobe Bryant and the 8 others killed in the helicopter crash.

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Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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