Vanessa Bryant continues to defend her late husband Kobe Bryant and their 13 year old son Gianna Bryant following their tragic deaths in 2020.
As fans of the famous family already know, Gigi was following in her father’s footsteps and was already a promising basketball prospect fully fledged. On top of that, Kobe was a huge supporter of women’s sports, constantly attending WNBA games and standing up for female athletes who don’t always get the attention or respect they deserve.
Now that they’re gone, the Lakers legend and his daughter live on through Vanessa and their three other daughters, Natalie19 years old, Bianka5, and Corsair2. In honor of Kobe and Gigi, the mother-of-four pledged to continue their legacy by fighting for equality in sports.
On Tuesday, February 8, Vanessa received the “Be Your Own Champion Award” at an event in Beverly Hills for his leadership through the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation.
“It was important for Kobe, exemplified by Gigi and something that Natalia, Bianka, Capri and I will always fight for,” Bryant said. “That’s why in our camps, girls and boys organize exercises together. They play together on the same team.”
The Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation was founded to create a positive impact for underserved child athletesin honor of Kobe, Gianna and the seven others who died in the 2020 helicopter crash.
At Tuesday’s event, other women in sports were also honored, including the senior vice president of the Los Angeles Sparks. Nathalie WhiteCEO of EAG Sports Dennis White and Terri Hinesexecutive vice president of communications at FOX Sports.