California's Harbor Day School retires Gianna Bryant's No. 2 jersey
By Jan Carlo Anolin
The Harbor Day School in California retired Gianna Bryant’s No 2. jersey Wednesday night to honor the daughter of the late Lakers icon Kobe Bryant, who both perished along with seven other passengers in a helicopter crash.
Vanessa Bryant, Kobe’s widow, revealed the tribute on Instagram and shared a photo of Gianna’s framed jersey on display during a ceremony at the school’s gym.
“My Gigi. I love you! I miss you,” Vanessa wrote. “You’ve taught us all that no act of kindness is ever too small. Mommy is still and will ALWAYS be so proud of you mamacita.”
Vanessa posted several videos showing the students sharing stories how Gianna set as a role model in sports and as a student council member.
Another snippet showed students performing “Memories” by Maroon 5.
It was also revealed that the school prepared a book titled “The Mambacita Stories” which narrates 44 stories about Gianna.
The 13-year-old Gianna, nicknamed “Mambacita,” was known to follow the footsteps and continue the legacy of Kobe – the “Black Mamba.”
Joshua Parks, one of the school’s coaches, said Gianna, just like Kobe, was “one of the fiercest competitors he’d ever seen.”
“She definitely represented the ‘Mamba Mentality’ every time she stepped on the floor,” Parks said as reported by NBC News.
Kobe and Gianna were on their way to the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks for a basketball camp when their helicopter crashed?outside Los Angeles.
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