Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna may be gone, but the legacy they have left and their influence on basketball will never be forgotten. For her part, Vanessa Bryant wants to continue what the two have started.
On Mamba Day, the widow of the Lakers icon announced their project with Nancy Lieberman Charities to open three Dream courts this Fall season. One court will be built at Pearson Park in Anaheim, California, which is Vanessa's hometown where Kobe frequently visited her. The other two will be placed at Tustin Playground in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where the Purple and Gold legend grew up and played basketball often when he was young.
Vanessa confirmed the project on Instagram, noting that it's a way to honor the memory of her late husband and daughter.
“The legacy project in honor and memory of Kobe and Gianna will serve as a safe play space for youth in the community to interact with friends and family. Finding spaces for youth to come together in peace through the love of sports is important to the Bryant Family,” Vanessa wrote.
August 24 is being celebrated as Mamba Day in Los Angeles and Orange County to honor Kobe Bryant. Sure enough, several tributes poured remembering not only the Lakers great but also his daughter Gigi, who was following the footsteps of her dad and paving a path to promote women's basketball and sports.
While the two were gone too soon, the impact they have made will always be felt. Vanessa Bryant is also making sure to continue their mission of helping the sport they love grow.