Just days after losing her husband and daughter in a tragic helicopter crash, Vanessa Bryant announced a fund to support the families of other victims lost in the accident that killed Kobe and Gianna Bryant.
Bryant posted the announcement on Instagram on Jan. 29 as part of her first statement since the Jan. 26 crash claimed the lives of the 41-year-old retired NBA superstar, the couple’s 13-year-old daughter and seven other victims. The other people who lost their lives in that awful accident included 13-year-old Alyssa Altobelli, 56-year-old John Altobelli, 46-year-old Keri Altobelli, 13-year-old Payton Chester, 45-year-old Sarah Chester, 38-year-old Christina Mauser and 50-year-old Ara Zobayan.
Bryant posted a loving tribute to her husband and daughter, as well as thanking “the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time.”
While the deaths of her husband and daughter have been the most publicized, Bryant let the millions of fans who have posted their tributes know that neither she nor her family has forgotten all the victims lost or the families left behind.
“We are also devastated for the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday,” Bryant posted. “And we share in their grief intimately.” You can see her full post below, which earned more than 8 million likes in less than a day.
To help the families of the other victims, Bryant announced the creation of Mamba on Three Fund, which is named for Kobe Bryant’s nickname, “Black Mamba.”
According to the fund’s official website: “It’s with that customary chant for togetherness, sisterhood and the ability to take on every challenge that this Fund was named. The Mamba on Three Fund exists to honor and support loved ones of the seven other victims involved in the tragedy that occurred on Jan. 26, 2020. All donations to the Fund will be directed to their families.”
As of now, people interested in donating can leave their email address on the Mamba on Three Fund’s official website and get more information on how to make a secure donation to help the families of all the crash victims.
During his life, Kobe Bryant helped create the Mamba Sports Academy to promote physical and mental fitness for kids and adults. Gianna “Gigi” Bryant played on Team Mamba, a middle-school girls’ basketball team founded through the Mamba Sports Academy. Reports state that the victims were all on their way to a travel basketball game when the crash happened.