This summer, the KOBE BRYANT FAMILY FOUNDATION is partnering with the GINA ALEXANDER PHILANTHROPY PROJECT (GAPP), to host 4 under-privileged children from the Philippines at the Kobe Basketball Academy in Santa Barbara, CA. from July 6 – 10, 2011.
KOBE FAMILY FOUNDATION
Throughout his phenomenal career, Kobe has dedicated his philanthropic passion and spirit to a variety of causes benefitting children in need such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation, St. Jude Children’s Hospital and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, all of which have played a particularly important in his community endeavors. Since joining the NBA over 12 years ago, Kobe has partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation in granting over 100 wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. In launching his own non-profit organization, THE KOBE BRYANT FAMILY FOUNDATION, Kobe is expanding his personal commitment to children not just in the U.S. but around the world. In 2006, the Bryant Family hosted a group of students affiliated with both the Hispanic College Fund and PHASE3, an organization which trains African American youth to be leaders in the classroom, community and workplace. The group travelled to Kobe’s childhood in Italy and also toured Rome, Florence and Venice. Kobe was honored by the NBA in 2007 for his charitable contributions to the Make-A-Wish Foundation – he granted more wishes than any other athlete. With the launch of his basketball camp in July 2007, KBFF donated scholarships to the L.A. Urban league as well as the Watts and East L.A. Boys & Girls Clubs. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, KBFF hosted a group of 10 youth from New Orleans at the Academy and spent three fun-filled days at Disneyland and California Adventure. Kobe has also been an ambassador for the After-School All-Stars (ASAS) since 2007 and has visited ASAS sites in Los Angeles, Miami and Orlando. In 2008, Kobe provided Kobe Basketball Academy scholarships to ASAS for various chapters. While filming his reality show “Kobe Menu”, Kobe met a young man named Yan Cao who, after the show, was diagnosed with spina bifida. During the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Kobe met Yan again and told him that KBFF had arranged for Yan to come to the U.S. to receive treatment. While in L.A., Yan was fitted with two custom braces, in the hopes of healing his ailment without need for surgery. Through KBFF, Kobe continues to provide young people with life-changing experiences designed to broaden their global perspective. We are proud to announce that the KBFF will sponsor 4 under-served children from the Philippines to attend the Kobe Basketball Academy this July.