Gianna Gigi Bryant Honored By Nike On Her 16th Birthday


Gianna Gigi Bryant will always be remembered as Mambacita.

On what would have been Gianna Gigi Bryant’s 16th birthday, Nike has released a special pair of “Mambacita Sweet 16” shoes.

Vanessa Bryant posted photos of the sneaker on her Instagram in memory of her daughter Gigi.

Gianna "Gigi" Bryant
Gianna "Gigi" Bryant

In January 2020, Gianna and her father, basketball legend Kobe Bryant, were killed in a helicopter crash. Gianna was a superb basketball player who hoped to play in the WNBA like her father. Vanessa Bryant said earlier this year that she had signed an agreement with Nike to make clothes in honor of the late basketball player known as the “Black Mamba.”

According to Nike, the proceeds from the sneakers will benefit the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation, a foundation dedicated to honoring Kobe’s and Gianna’s legacy by assisting underserved athletes. According to an Instagram post from the organization, the shoe sold out in under two minutes.

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