Vanessa Bryant is making sure her daughter’s legacy is a lasting one. On Thursday, the 37-year-old took to Instagram to share the news that the Mamba Sports Foundation’s name has changed. The Mamba Sports Foundation aims to help people develop learning skills, enhancing character traits, and expanding personal values that ultimately empower and inspire self-confidence through sports.
“Because there is no #24 without #2, we have updated the Mamba Sports Foundation to now be called the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation,” Vanessa shared in an Instagram post. “Our mission remains the same — and stronger than ever — to provide opportunities to young people through sports.”
Vanessa also showed her appreciation to fans: “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.”
Vanessa shared the news just a day after fans learned that Kobe and 13-year-old Gianna had been laid to rest. The private funeral service was held at Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona Del Mar, California. “Vanessa and the family wanted a private service to mourn their loss,” a source told Entertainment Tonight. “The ceremony was extremely hard for everyone as it’s still hard for them to grasp they lost two beautiful souls.”
The public memorial celebrating Kobe, Gianna, and the seven others lost in the tragic accident will be held on Monday, February 24, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.