Life and Career of Kobe Bryant


Keira McTyre

     41-year-old Kobe Bryant died on January 26 alongside his 13-year-old daughter at age 41. He had been on the helicopter to go to Thousand Oaks, California to coach his daughter’s basketball team in a travel tournament before it crashed. His daughter, Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant, was a blossoming basketball player. She was planning on carrying on her father’s legacy before her untimely death. 

     Bryant worked with Make-A-Wish Foundation for twenty years making appearances over 100 times and has donated to at least seven different organizations. He had donated over 9 million dollars to charity with his family, an example being  He donated over a million dollars to the National Museum of African American History, and has even started organizations such as the Kobe Bryant China Fund and the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation. His Family Foundation has given scholarships to domestic and international youth. Bryant volunteers his time and money to a number of Los Angeles Based Charities such as Step Up on Second, My Friend’s Place, and United Way. On the national level, he has donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, The Boys and Girls Club of America, and After School Allstars. 

Bryant retired from Basketball on April 13, 2016. On November 29, 2015, he wrote a poem, Dear Basketball, announcing his retirement. He recreated the poem in animation with Glen Keane. The film won an Oscar for Best Animated Short at the 90th Academy Awards. Here is a link to the poem; Dear Basketball