Vanessa Bryant Announces Change to Mamba Foundation's Name to Honor Kobe & Gianna

February 17, 2020
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Vanessa Bryant announced Thursday on Instagram that her late husband Kobe's charitable foundation will now go by a new name. "Because there is no #24 without #2, we have updated the Mamba Sports Foundation to now be called the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation," Vanessa wrote, referencing Kobe and daughter Gianna's respective jersey numbers. "Our mission remains the same and stronger than ever: to provide opportunities to young people through sports. 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." The announcement also marked Vanessa's first social media post since she confessed on Monday, "My brain refuses to accept that both Kobe and Gigi are gone...It’s like I’m trying to process Kobe being gone, but my body refuses to accept my Gigi will never come back to me."