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Vanessa Bryant shares her plans to keep Kobe Bryant’s legacy alive

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Vanessa Bryant was recently honored at the third annual Sports Power Brunch where she spoke about her role in upholding the legacy of her late husband Kobe Bryant, through the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation.

the AWARDS CEREMONY, presented by sportswear manufacturer Champion, was held in California on Tuesday and honored women who have made outstanding contributions to sports and entertainment.

“As a mother of four strong girls, I care not only about leveling the playing field for girls, but also about raising them. I want to instill in our young people that girls are just as good as boys and often, better,” Vanessa says as she accepts the “Be your own champion“award.

The 39-year-old sports foundation president continued, “I want to provide opportunities for young girls to showcase their talents and dominate in their fields,” adding, “It was important for Kobe, it was exemplified by Gigi and it’s something that Natalia, Bianka, Capri and I will always fight for.”

NBA star Kobe and his daughter, Gianna “Gigi”, who was 13 at the time, were killed along with nine other people in a helicopter crash in January 2020. Mambacita was Gianna’s nickname.

Besides Gianna, Vanessa is also mother to daughters Natalia, 19, Bianka, 6, and Capri, 2.

The foundation recently launched its first inaugural skills academy where it invited various boys and girls club chapters to participate in activities. Vanessa said the academy is for participants to do drills and play together and cultivate a sense of teamwork within themselves. It’s important to “elevate” the way boys and girls see themselves at a young age as “teammates versus competitors”, she said.

“If they learn to share common goals and compete together to achieve them, then these skills will not only help them grow as children, but also grow in business and future relationships as adults” , she added in her speech on Tuesday. .

In 2021, Vanessa spear the Mambacita clothing line shortly after it was announced that Kobe Bryant’s estate had parted ways with Nike. The former model said all proceeds from the Mambacita clothing line would go to the sports foundation.

Kobe Bryant‘s wife Vanessa Bryant wipes away tears as she speaks during the "Celebrating life for Kobe and Gianna Bryant" at the Staple Center. Kobe and Gianna Bryant were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash on January 26″ title=””/> Kobe Bryant‘s wife, Vanessa Bryant, wipes away tears while speaking at the ‘Celebration of Life for Kobe and Gianna Bryant’ at Staples Center. Kobe and Gianna Bryant were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash on January 26 Photo: AFP / Frédéric J. BROWN

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