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More Honor For Basketball Legend Kobe And Daugher Gianna

Valentine Chinyem

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Following the burial of Basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Ginnia, on February 7, his wife Vanessa Bryant has announced the renaming of her late husband’s charity organization.

The Mamba Sports Foundation according to the announcement would now be known as Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation.

This was made known on Thursday, February 13.

Vanessa Bryant said the decision to rename the foundation, is to also honor their 13-year-old daughter, who was always beside her father, Kobe and passed away alongside him and seven others in a tragic helicopter crash last month.

“Because there is no #24 without #2, we have updated the Mamba Sports Foundation to now be called the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation,” Vanessa captioned an Instagram photo of the charity’s new logo.

Mamba and Mambacita new logo

“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,” Her message read.

Meanwhile, in a bid to also immortalize the Basketball legend, the NBA on February 15 announced that the All-Star MVP award would henceforth be known as Kobe Bryant All-Star Game MVP Award.

This was made known by the commissioner of the award, Adam Silver, during the All-Star weekend news conference.

The decision was reached after much deliberation by the league’s office and players.

According to Silver, the decision was “embraced” by all, adding that, “What is something special we could do at All-Star that had more permanence than changing the numbers on the jerseys?”

He said, “this trophy that, while it has existed for a long time, it never had that particular player association, for example, in the way the Finals MVP is the Bill Russell trophy. To all of us, it seemed like the appropriate way to bring honor to him.”

“I’m sure there will be other honors as well… But this one seems so appropriate here at All-Star because nobody embodied All-Star more than Kobe Bryant,” he noted.

Kobe played in 18 consecutive All-Star Games from 1998 to -2016 in his 20-year career, earning him four MVP titles of his own.

Recall that the news of the death of the 41-year old NBA icon, filtered into the airwaves on January 26, after it was announced that he was amongst the 9 deceased passengers who lost their lives in a fatal helicopter crash in the Calabasas area of Carlifornia.

However, news of the charity’s renaming as well as that of the MVP Awards, comes days after it was reported that Kobe and Gigi had been laid to rest at Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona Del Mar, California.

The private funeral took place two weeks after their fatal helicopter crash.

More so, the NBA revealed plans to honor the legend come February 24, at the Staples Center during the 2020 All-Star game in Chicago.

Proceeds from the tickets will be donated to charity, the report said.

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