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Nike Girl Dad Shoes Inspired by Kobe Bryant and His Daughter – NBC Los Angeles

Nike Girl Dad Shoes Inspired by Kobe Bryant and His Daughter – NBC Los Angeles

A new sneaker from Nike was inspired by a touching on-court moment shared by the great Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna.

Vanessa Bryant and her daughter Natalia shared photos of the Nike Kobe 4 “Girl Dad” shoe on Friday in a series of Instagram posts ahead of the sneaker’s June 7 release.

“Grateful for the passion Kobe had for our girls and for the light he brought to women’s sports,” posted Vanessa Bryant. “This Father’s Day, we celebrate Kobe’s commitment and love for our daughters Natalia, Gianna, Bianka and Capri.”

The heartwarming images that inspired the shoe were captured on December 29, 2019 during a game between the Lakers and the Dallas Mavericks at what was then called Staples Center. A smiling Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, 13, are pictured on the court watching the game they both loved.

The photos were taken just weeks before the Jan. 26, 2020, helicopter crash that killed nine people, including Bryant and Gianna, who were on their way to a women’s basketball tournament at Bryant’s Mamba Sports Academy in Newbury Park .

The shoes feature “Girl Dad” printed on the inside tongue. The orange insole reflects Bryant’s support of women’s basketball and the color of the WNBA hoodie he wore during the December 2019 game. The green of Bryant’s cap is depicted on the shoe’s upper.

The revelation comes before Father’s Day, June 16.

“For our most precious daughter dad. This Father’s Day we celebrate my dad’s love for me and my sisters,” Natalia Bryant, 21, posted.

Bryant was dedicated to supporting women’s basketball and working to provide more opportunities for girls to learn to play the game he loved. The five-time NBA champion worked with younger generations of players at the Mamba Sports Academy.

Gianna was a young rising star, often seen on the court, immersed in the action during Lakers games. Better known as Gigi, she was the second eldest of the Bryants’ four children.

Vanessa Bryant is president of the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation. The nonprofit aims to create opportunities for underserved young athletes in honor of Kobe Bryant and Gianna.

Last month, she joined Nickerson Gardens residents for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of a renovated gym in the Watts public housing community. Nickerson Gardens, managed by the Housing Authority of Los Angeles, was chosen for the project, in part because it is the former site of the Boys and Girls Club where Kobe Bryant hosted his basketball program for the young “Mamba League”.