By Jan Carlo Anolin
The charity organization of Kobe Bryant will not only honor the late Lakers legend but also his 13-year-old daughter Gianna.
Vanessa Bryant, Kobe’s widow, revealed in an Instagram post Friday that the Mamba Sports Foundation will now be called the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation.
“Because there is no #24 without #2,” Vanessa wrote. “Our mission remains the same – and stronger than ever – to provide opportunities to young people through sports.”
Vanessa then expressed gratitude for the “outpouring” of support and donation that the Bryant family had been receiving.
“We hope to empower young athletes in a world they left us all to help shape.”
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Because there is no #24 without #2, we have updated the Mamba Sports Foundation to now be called the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation. Our mission remains the same – and 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.. We hope to empower young athletes in a world they left us all to help shape. #Mamba #Mambacita #wings @mambamambacitasports
Gianna earned the nickname “Mambacita” as she sought to follow the footsteps and continue the legacy of his dad – the “Black Mamba.”
The Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation is the charity unit of the Mamba Sports Academy, according to its website.
A private ceremony was held last Feb. 7 as confirmed by Kobe’s death certificate, multiple media outlets reported. On Feb. 24, a public memorial will follow at the Staples Center.
The NBA All-Star which will be held in Chicago will also pay homage to Kobe and Gianna as Team LeBron and Team Giannis are set to suit up with No. 2 and No. 24 jerseys respectively.
Kobe, 41, Gianna and seven others perished in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Los Angeles while travelling to a basketball game at the Mamba Sports Academy on Jan. 26.