Vanessa Bryant Announces Name Change to Mamba Sports Foundation Inspired by Kobe and Gianna
Kobe Bryant‘s Mamba Sports Foundation will now be known as the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation, in honor of both the NBA legend and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna.
Vanessa Bryant announced the change in an Instagram post on Thursday that also revealed an updated logo for the organization.
“Because there is no #24 without #2,” Vanessa wrote, referencing Kobe and Gianna’s basketball jersey numbers, “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,” the mother of four added.
The foundation, founded by the five-time NBA champion who spent 20 years with the Los Angeles Lakers, aims to provide underserved communities with sports programs that enrich their “socio-emotional and physical development,” according to its website.
“Thank you all for the outpouring of support and your kind donations to date as we carry forth Kobe and Gigi’s legacy,” Vanessa wrote. “We hope to empower young athletes in a world they left us all to help shape.”
“In commemoration of Gianna ‘Gigi’ Bryant, Mamba Sports Foundation will now be known as the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation,” the post reads. “The Foundation exists to further Kobe and Gianna Bryant’s legacy in youth sports and beyond.”