In light of recent tragic events, Vanessa Bryant announced a change in the Mamba Sports Foundation name. Moving forward, the program will be titled Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation, paying tribute to both Kobe and Gianna Bryant.
credit: Instagram/Vanessa Bryant
“Because there is no #24 without #2,” Vanessa wrote on Instagram. “Our mission remains the same – and stronger than ever – to provide opportunities to young people through sports.”
From their website, the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation stresses their determination to help athletes through charitable donations. They have over 1,000 volunteers, and they’ve helped close to 10,000 young people over the years.
The academy offers practice in disciplines such as basketball, volleyball, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, football, and track. In basketball alone, the foundation has programs from Basketball Fundamentals Camp to Small Group Basketball Clinics to High School Elite Basketball Clinics. There are leagues and tournaments meant to help athletes step up their game and improve their skills as a basketball player. Plus, if you’re an adult athlete, you can pay to become a member of the organization.
If you’re not an athlete but local to Los Angeles, and looking to give back to the community, you can reach out to the foundation through their 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 added. “We hope to empower young athletes in a world they left us all to help shape.”
A celebration honoring the life of Kobe and Gianna will be held on February 24th at 10 am PST. All proceeds will go to the newly named Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation. If you’re not local, you can still show your support by donating to the Mamba On Three fund which goes toward supporting the victims of the helicopter crash on January 26, 2020.
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