Kobe Bryant launched The Mamba Sports Academy in 2018 in a venture with Chad Faulkner.
Why did the Mamba Academy change its name?
Going forward, the school will just be named the Sports Academy out of respect for Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash on Jan. … 26.
Does Kobe own Mamba?
Former NBA star Kobe Bryant will open the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, California, as a multisport training center for young athletes. The Sports Academy initially opened in 2016 and currently supports 50,000 athletes but the center will rebrand under Bryant and potentially open new facilities in the future.
Why was Mamba removed from academy?
The Sports Academy’s website has already been changed to reflect its new name — and says it will make changes to signage at its buildings in Thousand Oaks and Redondo Beach. It said the decision to remove Mamba from the name as a “mutual agreement made in accordance with the wishes of [Kobe’s] estate”.
How Gianna Bryant died?
Bryant, his daughter Gianna and six others perished in a January 26, 2020, helicopter crash, leaving a permanent hole in the basketball world. The helicopter may have crashed into a hillside in Calabasas, California, on Sunday, January 26, 2020, but it was immediately felt around the world.