Although 13-year-old Gianna (“Gigi”) Bryant’s young life was tragically cut short in a helicopter crash, the teenager and her father dream to help young women in sports lives on. Vanessa Bryant, Gianna’s mother and basketball legend Kobe Bryant’s widow, recently found a way to honor the father and daughter’s wishes while celebrating Gianna’s 15th birthday.
Gianna’s mother used her online platform to help to raise money in support of the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation, with additional assistance from a female-owned clothing line called DANNIJO.
“Dear Gianna, Happy 15th Birthday! ❤️😘I love you! I miss you everyday! I wish you were here with us. There are no words to express how much I miss you. I love you Mamacita! ❤️ #15 #Quincenera #Mambacita #Principessa” “ Vanessa recently tweeted with a photo.
After reminiscing, Vanessa Bryant explained that she chose to celebrate Gianna’s birthday with so many who loved her by sharing her bright and fun personality, and her sense of purpose and passion that would help make a difference in this world. She seized the opportunity to showcase her daughter’s legacy and vision by launching a clothing collection.
“I am so proud of the limited-edition MAMBACITA x DANNIJO tie-dye sweat set capsule collection, which celebrates Gigi’s spirit in every little detail – even the placement of #PlayGigisWay on the right arm of each hoodie– her shooting arm 🏀,” Vanessa Bryant also tweeted.
Vanessa added that 100% of the proceeds raised from the endeavor would support the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation. According to the website, the foundation’s mission is to make a positive impact for underserved athletes and young women in sports. It was founded in memory of Kobe and Gianna ”Gigi” Bryant, while honoring the pair’s vision. Learn more about Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation by clicking here.