Kobe Bryant’s Mamba Sports Foundation changes name to honor Gigi

Kobe Bryant holds his daughter Gianna on his shoulders.
Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna take in a U.S. Women’s National soccer team game at Qualcomm Stadium on April 10, 2014.
(K.C. Alfred / San Diego Union-Tribune)

The charitable foundation attached to Kobe Bryant’s Mamba Academy has been renamed to honor the late Lakers legend’s 13-year-old, Gianna, a budding basketball star who died alongside her dad in last month’s helicopter crash in Calabasas.

Vanessa Bryant and Mamba Sports Academy announced Thursday on Instagram that the Mamba Sports Foundation will now include Mambacita in its name, in honor of Gianna.

“Because there is no #24 without #2, we have updated the Mamba Sports Foundation to now be called the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation,” Bryant’s widow wrote.


The nonprofit foundation works to provide sports education services to underserved communities and fund programs that offer sports training opportunities for young women.

In late January, the foundation launched the MambaOnThree fund to seek donations in support of the families of the seven other victims who died in the crash. In addition to Bryant and his daughter, Mamba Academy players Alyssa Altobelli and Payton Chester were also on board the helicopter, as well as John and Keri Altobelli, Sarah Chester, Mamba Sports Academy coach Christina Mauser and pilot Ara Zobayan.