The reality is ungrateful to all of us sometimes, and accepting is the most unfavorable part. Yesterday, on January 26, the whole world had faced another deafening grief that fills everyone’s hearts and souls with sorrow.
We lost Kobe Bryant, an all-time Basketball champion, tech investor, entrepreneur, and one of the great souls with such pure heart. The reports indicate Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, while he with his 13-year old daughter, Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant, and several other passengers were heading towards Bryants’ basketball training facility Mamba Academy.
The demise of 41-year old NBA superstar was the unimaginable hysteria for all of us. Besides, the other passengers with Kobe and his daughter are still unidentified, according to the reports.
Kobe was one of those people who actually worked for the community, and the person loved by everyone. With such a pure heart, he was the one on a mission trying to improve kid’s healthcare across the US and other regions.
According to the Forbes news, Back in 2009, Bryant set up the Kobe Bryant China Fund to raise money to support educational, sports, and cultural programs for children from China and the United States. Then, four years later, he, along with Jeff Stibel, launched Bryant Stibel, a venture capital firm that invested in media, data, gaming, and technology businesses.
He was the only person aware of kids’ issues in his country. He soon realized the dilemma and reasons why nowadays kids are not participating in many sports and cultural activities. Then Bryant became the spokesperson for Project Play, sports leagues, and sports-related organizations to overcome this problem of inactivity that’s been clutching the country’s youth.
Further, Bryant launched a campaign with Project Play with the name – “Don’t Retire Kid” and helped health and other sports organization by launching the campaign onto his Twitter account.
And so it’s come to this. Kids everywhere are retiring from sports. This is unacceptable. Parents, coaches and leagues need to change or get out of the way. Let kids find joy in sports before it’s too late. #DontRetireKid @AspenInstSports https://t.co/IBNjBEczOk
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) August 3, 2019
Bryan had also invested in many sports and healthcare-related ventures. Bryant launched his venture career with a partner and serial entrepreneur, Jeff Stibel, back in 2013. The pair made a mix of early- and late-stage investments in Los Angeles-based companies like LegalZoom, Scopely, Art of Sport, The Honest Company, RingDNA, FocusMotion, DyshApp and Represent.
Last year, the investment firm expanded with a $1.7 billion investment vehicle that was launched in partnership with the private equity fund, Permira, according to a report in USA Today.
– by Techcrunch
Mattias Metternich, the co-founder of Bryant’s grooming startup, Art of Sport, wrote in an email, “We are mourning this terrible loss and still searching for the words. As a founding partner to [Art of Sport], he was woven into the very fabric of our company and its vision and DNA. As a mentor, we drew on his wisdom, passion, and drive everyday… In the short term, our thoughts and hearts are with him, Gianna, and his surviving family.”
Jessica Alba, the co-founder of The Honest Company, also took it on Twitter earlier the same day to share her own words on the official account of Scopely, as well.
— Scopely (@scopely) January 26, 2020
Kobie Fuller, a general partner in Upfront Ventures, wrote, “Kobe was the rare combination of God-given talent on-and-off the court with a competitive athlete mindset that was unrivaled to the point it was called the ‘mamba mentality.’ Whatever he put his focus turned into excellence, whether it was an NBA championship, an Oscar, entering the VC game or — most importantly — fatherhood. This loss is shocking and puts into perspective how precious our moments on this earth really are. My heart goes out to the Bryant family during this incredibly difficult time.”
Following, the Aspen Institute Sports and Society Program also indicated “Project Play lost a friend and a Champion today” on Twitter:
Our deepest condolences to the family of @kobebryant, creative genius and true friend of Project Play. In our book, his last chapter was his best — sticking up for kids. He launched our #DontRetireKid campaign, giving voice to the voiceless. pic.twitter.com/UEEF0sEZNC
— Aspen Inst Sports (@AspenInstSports) January 26, 2020
NBA also pays tribute to Kobe Bryant by uploading the highlights video of 2019-20 after the Los Angeles Lakers great died in a helicopter crash at age 41.
While playing for the Los Angeles Lakers from 1996 to 2016, Bryant had earned nearly every basketball accolade that you can think of: a five-time NBA champion, a two-time NBA Finals MVP, the NBA’s Most Valuable Player in 2008, an 18-time NBA All-Star, and a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist – says Forbes News.
The legend will always be remembered for his work and as a great human who worked hard to bring change in the sports world. He is a champion and always will be, and everyone has condolences for this true, real-life star. You will always be in our hearts as a champion.