Vanessa Bryant honors daughter Gianna by renaming Kobe’s charity the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation
Vanessa Bryant took to Instagram to announce that Kobe’s charity will be renamed the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation in order to honor both her late husband and their 13-year-old daughter Gianna ‘Gigi’ Bryant.
‘Because there is no #24 without #2,’ wrote Bryant of her husband and daughter’s iconic jersey numbers on Thursday afternoon.
Kobe and Gianna were both among the victims of a helicopter crash in Calabasas on January 26 that resulted in the total of nine lives lost.
In her honor: Vanessa Bryant took to Instagram on Thursday afternoon to announce that Kobe’s Mamba Sports Foundation would be renamed to the Mamba & Mambacita Foundation
Their little girl: The name change honors late daughter Gianna who died in the tragic helicopter crash on January 26 alongside her father Kobe
According to Vanessa, the foundation’s mission will remain the same, but will emerge ‘stronger than ever to provide opportunities to young people through sports.’
‘Thank you all for the outpouring of support and your kind donations to date as we carry forth Kobe and Gigi’s legacy…,’ she continued.
‘We hope to empower young athletes in a world they left us all to help shape.’
The news of the foundation’s name change comes just a week after Vanessa announced there would be a scheduled memorial for Kobe and Gianna on February 24th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
No #24 without #2: Bryant wrote that the name change was only appropriate ‘because there is no #24 without #2’
Great grief: Gianna and Kobe left behind mother/wife Vanessa, as well as three siblings/daughters Capri, seven months, Bianka, three, and Natalia, 17; Vanessa Bryant shared this family portrait on her Instagram three days after the tragedy
The celebration of life will not only honor the basketball legend and his daughter, but ticket sales derived from the event will be donated to charity.
Its presumed that the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation will be one of the recipients.
On Monday, Vanessa Bryant used her Instagram to communicate her struggle coping with – and even accepting – the loss of her husband and daughter.
The post featured a nostalgic montage of a beaming and vibrant Gianna showing off her skills on the basketball court, with her #2 jersey in clear view.
Aspiring: Gianna showcased impressive basketball skills in a video shared by Vanessa on Monday that celebrated her late husband and daughter’s bond on the court
Memorial: Vanessa Bryant announced on Instagram that there will be an official memorial for Gianna and Kobe at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 24th
‘My brain refuses to accept that both Kobe and Gigi are gone. I can’t process both at the same time. It’s like I’m trying to process Kobe being gone but my body refuses to accept my Gigi will never come back to me,’ wrote Bryant.
The lengthy Instagram caption weighed heavy on the hearts of Vanessa’s followers as the 37-year-old tried to comprehend the gravity of her loss.
She continued: ‘Why should I be able to wake up another day when my baby girl isn’t being able to have that opportunity?! I’m so mad. She had so much life to live.’
Facing the facts: On Monday, Vanessa Bryant expressed that her grief has to been difficult to grasp
Reflecting: Along with the raw and emotional caption, Vanessa shared a montage of Gianna on the basketball court with her father Kobe and the teammates she left behind
But, showcasing her undeniable strength and perseverance, the newly single mother voiced the reality that she ‘needs to be here for [her] three daughter’ who are grieving, as well.
‘I’m not with Kobe and Gigi but thankful I’m here with Natalia, Bianka and Capri.’
‘I know what I’m feeling is normal. It’s part of the grieving process. I just wanted to share in case there’s anyone out there that’s experienced a loss like this.’
Legacy: Kobe had a 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers; pictured here is the fan memorial for Bryant on February 2nd outside of the Staples Center in Los Angeles