Kobe Bryant's Mamba Sports Academy Creates Black and White Video in His and Daughter Gianna's Honor
Kobe set up the Mamba Sports Academy back in 2016 as a means to give back to the community and the world through sports — the same medium that helped make him a household name.
Simple and straightforward, the video showed the famous numbers "8" and "24", which Bryant had donned throughout his illustrious career, as well as the number "2" that was becoming a regular for his daughter, Gianna.
Both of them passed late last month in a terrible helicopter accident. The caption read,
"Today, as the world prepares to remember the lives of Kobe and Gianna Bryant, we remain committed to honoring their legacy. Today, tomorrow, and every day thereafter."
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My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time. Thank you for all the prayers. We definitely need them. We are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe — the amazing father of our children; and my beautiful, sweet Gianna — a loving, thoughtful, and wonderful daughter, and amazing sister to Natalia, Bianka, and Capri. We are also devastated for the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday, and we share in their grief intimately. There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now. I take comfort in knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were so deeply loved. We were so incredibly blessed to have them in our lives. I wish they were here with us forever. They were our beautiful blessings taken from us too soon. I’m not sure what our lives hold beyond today, and it’s impossible to imagine life without them. But we wake up each day, trying to keep pushing because Kobe, and our baby girl, Gigi, are shining on us to light the way. Our love for them is endless — and that’s to say, immeasurable. I just wish I could hug them, kiss them and bless them. Have them here with us, forever. Thank you for sharing your joy, your grief and your support with us. We ask that you grant us the respect and privacy we will need to navigate this new reality. To honor our Team Mamba family, the Mamba Sports Foundation has set up the MambaOnThree Fund to help support the other families affected by this tragedy. To donate, please go to MambaOnThree.org. To further Kobe and Gianna’s legacy in youth sports, please visit MambaSportsFoundation.org. Thank you so much for lifting us up in your prayers, and for loving Kobe, Gigi, Natalia, Bianka, Capri and me. #Mamba #Mambacita #GirlsDad #DaddysGirls #Family ❤️
The tribute triggered emotional responses, with many speaking on how beautiful and thoughtful it was in the comment section.
The world has continued to mourn the passing of Kobe over the past month. Condolences reached a climax on Monday as thousands gathered at the Staples Center for a celebration of Kobe and Gianna's lives.
Kobe had gotten her the dress worn by Rachel McAdams in "The Notebook," a classic romance drama from 2004.
NPR reported that up to 20,000 people gathered at the world-famous arena on the day. At the same time, a few thousand more gathered outside the arena to be as close to the final memorial service as possible.
The event itself was attended by top entertainers and colleagues of the late basketball star, Kobe, both retired and those that are still active.
Names such as Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal, Stephen Curry, Magic Johnson, James Harden, and much more graced the occasion, which was hosted by comedian Jimmy Kimmel.
The night included several tributes to Kobe's legacy as a basketball player and a businessman. Still, it was Vanessa Bryant — Kobe's widow — who got emotions running high with an account of Kobe's commitment to her and their four children.
Gianna and Kobe Bryant. Forever. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/GUQYYFljaE— Mamba Sports Academy (@MambaSportsHQ) February 24, 2020
In her tribute, Vanessa spoke about Kobe's penchant for gifts and thoughtful gestures. Amongst other things, she pointed out that he had gotten her the dress worn by Rachel McAdams in "The Notebook," a classic romance drama from 2004.