It’s been almost three years since Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna (aka ‘Gigi’) lost their lives in a helicopter crash, but Vanessa Bryant is ensuring her husband and daughter’s contributions to basketball -ball endure. The Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation and Body Armor have partnered to inspire the next generation of athletes in Chicago by renovating several basketball courts in their honor.
Vanessa shared the exciting news with her Instagram followers, writing, “So proud of our first renovated court with @DrinkBODYARMOR in Chicago. More courts and clinics to come!!! #PlayGigisway #MambaForever. The post also included a video clip showing their names on center court, as well as the sideline #PlayGigisWay. The most touching part of the tribute is Kobe’s number “8” and Gigi’s number “2” at each of the free throw lines. It was a thoughtful and well-planned design for community courts.
Vanessa has been active in resuming the projects her husband left behind, even after facing unimaginable heartbreak. “I guess the best way to describe it is that Kobe and Gigi keep me going,” she said. People in 2021. “They inspire me to try harder and improve every day. Their love is unconditional and they motivate me in so many different ways. She understands the enormity of Kobe’s contributions to basketball and the impact Gigi had as a young female athlete – she doesn’t want anyone to forget how special they both were.
Chicago’s new courts are just the start of a huge effort to make a difference locally when it comes to basketball. Vanessa “finds light in the darkness” by honoring Kobe and Gigi for years to come.
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