With so many accomplishments under his belt, it’s hard to believe that Kobe Bryant is really gone.
And as time goes on, we uncover more of what he did to make a difference and encourage others to do their best.
If you didn’t know, in addition to winning five NBA championships and an Oscar, he also granted more than 200 wishes through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Bryant said it was important for him to give back:
“Basketball is something that will come and eventually go, the beauty in that is trying to use that time to inspire others and provide some sort of escape for them. I think that’s something that lives well beyond the game of basketball and is probably most important.”
Kobe clearly had a positive impact on the families he met through Make-A-Wish. One dad, Patrick Moore, shared his account of Bryant’s visit with his son Henry. He recalled how Kobe went above and beyond to make Henry happy.
“Kobe asked why we didn’t bring anything to sign and he sent an assistant to the Laker’s store in the Staples Center. The assistant brought back a TON of stuff and Kobe signed it all. He held Henry through much of our visit. The memorabilia is still all over Henry’s bedroom. “
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Vanessa Bryant took to Instagram to thank fans who are feeling the heartbreak of losing Kobe.
Kobe’s life well-lived – even if it ended too soon – and he did what he could to make his fans happy.
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