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Vanessa Bryant changes the name of Kobe’s charity to honor her daughter Gianna

The widow of Kobe Bryant has renamed the name of the deceased basketball grandmother in honor of their 13-year-old daughter who also died in the tragic helicopter crash on January 26 outside Los Angeles.

Vanessa Bryant, 37, announced on Thursday that the Mamba Sports Foundation will now be known as the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation.

“Because there is no # 24 without # 2, we have updated the Mamba Sports Foundation to now be called the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation,” said Vanessa Bryant on her Instagram account on Thursday.

The Kobe Bryant foundation has been renamed in honor of the 13-year-old daughter of the late basketball great, Gianna (given her father hugging in this February 2016 file photo)

The Kobe Bryant foundation has been renamed in honor of the 13-year-old daughter of the late basketball great, Gianna (given her father hugging in this February 2016 file photo)

The Mamba Sports Foundation has been renamed Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation, Vanessa Bryant, Kobe's widow, has announced on her Instagram page on Thursday

The Mamba Sports Foundation has been renamed Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation, Vanessa Bryant, Kobe's widow, has announced on her Instagram page on Thursday

The Mamba Sports Foundation has been renamed Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation, Vanessa Bryant, Kobe’s widow, has announced on her Instagram page on Thursday

“Because there is no # 24 without # 2, we have updated the Mamba Sports Foundation to now be called the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation,” said Vanessa Bryant on her Instagram account on Thursday. She is seen left with her deceased husband in Hollywood in March 2018

“Our mission remains the same – and stronger than ever – to offer opportunities to young people through sport,” she wrote.

“Thank you for the enormous amount of support and your kind donations so far as we continue the legacy of Kobe and Gigi.

“We hope to empower young athletes in a world they’ve all left behind to help shape.”

The announcement by Vanessa Bryant comes almost a week after she had put her deceased husband and daughter in a private funeral service.

Kobe, 41, and Gianna Bryant were placed at rest last Friday at Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona del Mar, California, with no photographers present.

Information about the ceremony was revealed in death certificates issued by the Department of Health of the Los Angeles district, stating funeral as the type of deposition for both Bryant and Gianna.

Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Bryant attend a basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Atlanta Hawks at Staples Center on November 17, 2019 in Los Angeles

Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Bryant attend a basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Atlanta Hawks at Staples Center on November 17, 2019 in Los Angeles

Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Bryant attend a basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Atlanta Hawks at Staples Center on November 17, 2019 in Los Angeles

The funeral for Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna took place last Friday in Pacific View Mortuary (above) in Corona del Mar

The funeral for Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna took place last Friday in Pacific View Mortuary (above) in Corona del Mar

The funeral for Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna took place last Friday in Pacific View Mortuary (above) in Corona del Mar

The certificates mentioned the causes of death as blunt trauma and indicated that they died in a “fast” way during the crash of January 26 in the hills of Calabasas

Death certificates mentioned funeral as the type of deposit for both Bryant and Gianna

Death certificates mentioned funeral as the type of deposit for both Bryant and Gianna

Death certificates mentioned funeral as the type of deposit for both Bryant and Gianna

The certificates mentioned the causes of death as blunt trauma and indicated that they died in a “fast” way during the crash of January 26 in the hills of Calabasas.

The Blast was the first to report the death certificates.

Seven others aboard the helicopter died in the crash, and on Monday a public memorial service was held for three of them: baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife, Keri and daughter Alyssa.

Several thousand people flocked to the stadium in Anaheim, California on Monday for a public memorial in honor of the award-winning coach of Orange Coast College baseball, known for leading his team to four state titles and helping his young players grow and to further develop on and off the field.

Dozens of them were in the stadium, along with members of current local university teams, who wore their jerseys.

The fire brigade of the city of Anaheim displays the American flag as fans arrive for a memorial service in honor of baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife Keri and their daughter Alyssa at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on Monday

The fire brigade of the city of Anaheim displays the American flag as fans arrive for a memorial service in honor of baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife Keri and their daughter Alyssa at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on Monday

The fire brigade of the city of Anaheim displays the American flag as fans arrive for a memorial service in honor of baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife Keri and their daughter Alyssa at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on Monday

Coach John Altobelli, 56, far right, his wife, Keri, 43, second from left, and his daughter Alyssa, 13, left, also died in the helicopter crash that killed Bryant in Calabasas on January 26

Coach John Altobelli, 56, far right, his wife, Keri, 43, second from left, and his daughter Alyssa, 13, left, also died in the helicopter crash that killed Bryant in Calabasas on January 26

Coach John Altobelli, 56, far right, his wife, Keri, 43, second from left, and his daughter Alyssa, 13, left, also died in the helicopter crash that killed Bryant in Calabasas on January 26

People shine their cell phone lights at the end of a memorial service for coach John Altobelli, his wife Keri and their daughter Alyssa at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Monday

People shine their cell phone lights at the end of a memorial service for coach John Altobelli, his wife Keri and their daughter Alyssa at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Monday

Coach John Altobelli, 56, far right, his wife, Keri, 43, second from left, and his daughter Alyssa, 13, left, also died in the helicopter crash that killed Bryant in Calabasas on January 26

“We have no idea how many teachers, police officers, firefighters, fathers and spouses he helped develop,” his old friend Josh Belovsky told the crowd.

“Those are the victories he cherished the most.”

The 56-year-old coach known as ‘Alto’ won over 700 games during his 27-year coaching of the team and was named coach of the year by the American Baseball Coaches Association last year.

A public memorial is also scheduled for Bryant on February 24 at the Staples Center.

The date is a tribute to the ’24’ jersey number that Bryant wore since the 2006-07 season.

Bryant’s wife Vanessa said Monday in an Instagram message that she was both grieving and angry about the loss of her husband and daughter.

Vanessa Bryant has made few public appearances since the crash that killed her husband, daughter and seven others and said in the social media post that she had been “reluctant” to put her feelings into words.

“My brain refuses to accept that both Kobe and Gigi are gone,” she said, using a nickname for her daughter.

‘I cannot process both at the same time. It is as if I am trying to process that Kobe is gone, but my body refuses to accept that my Gigi will never come back to me. “

Vanessa said she was angry about the loss of both her husband and her daughter and that she had to remind herself to be strong for the three surviving daughters of the couple.

The jerseys of the late Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant, right, and his daughter Gianna are draped on the seats where the last two were at Staples Center, prior to an NBA basketball game from Lakers

The jerseys of the late Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant, right, and his daughter Gianna are draped on the seats where the last two were at Staples Center, prior to an NBA basketball game from Lakers

The jerseys of the late Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant, right, and his daughter Gianna are draped on the seats where the last two were at Staples Center, prior to an NBA basketball game from Lakers

Vanessa (photo L-R with Bryant, their daughter Natalia and Gianna) said she wanted to openly share her feelings and thoughts in case “there is someone who has experienced such a loss”

“God, I wish they were here and this nightmare would be over,” she said.

“Praying for all the victims of this terrible tragedy. Please continue to pray for everyone. “

The death of Bryant, eighteen times all-star in the National Basketball Association and one of the world’s most admired sports figures, sparked a stream of shock and sorrow from fans and fellow athletes around the world.

The retired Los Angeles Lakers had been on his way to a youth basketball tournament in which he coached and his daughter and two other girls on board the luxury chopper would fight.

Federal investigators have not yet established a cause for the crash in Calabasas, California, outside of Los Angeles, but have said that the helicopter was flying in thick fog and that there was no evidence of engine failure.

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