Vanessa Bryant wishes Kobe a ‘Happy Father’s Day’ and visits his childhood home with his daughters


Vanessa Bryant shares a photo of herself and her daughter posing outside her late husband Kobe’s childhood home.

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Vanessa Bryant and her three daughters take a walk down memory lane.

On Sunday, Vanessa, 40, marked Father’s Day by sharing an Instagram post of herself and her late husband Kobe Bryant, captioning the post, “Happy Father’s Day, baby.” The snap shows the pair wearing Star Wars-themed shirts with Kobe emblazoned with the words “Dad #1.”

In a previous post, which was later deleted, Vanessa and her daughters Natalia, 18, Bianka Bella, 4, and Capri Kobe, 2, posed outside Kobe’s childhood home in Philadelphia.

Alongside the foursome photo, Vanessa shared a throwback photo of her late love playing basketball as a teenager. In the same social media post, Vanessa included an image of a manicurist with “KOBE” spelled out on the nails.

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The former model captioned the series of photographs with a single red heart emoji, while tagging the location as Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Vanessa Bryant attends Universal Pictures

Vanessa Bryant attends Universal Pictures

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Kobe died in a tragic helicopter crash in January 2020, alongside his 13-year-old daughter and Vanessa, Gianna, and seven others.

Earlier this week, Vanessa visited a new mural depicting her husband and daughter’s likeness in hometown Kobe, which she documented in an Instagram post. In the photo, Vanessa could be seen wearing Kobe’s Lower Merion Aces varsity jacket.

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Vanessa said she was in Philadelphia to attend the opening of two new basketball courts named after Kobe and Gianna at Tustin Playground in conjunction with Nancy Lieberman’s charity Dream Courts.

The mural, which Vanessa attributes to Philadelphia artist Ernel Martinez, is placed in the corner of the courts, watching over basketball players in the area where Kobe grew up.

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“📍PHILADELPHIA📍where my husband’s love for basketball began,” Vanessa wrote in the caption of her post, celebrating the new region. “Today at historic Tustin Playground and thanks to generous contributions from donors, fans and friends, our @mambamambacitasports foundation opened ✨2✨more @dream_courts with @nlcharities, beautifully surrounded by artwork by @Art_by_Ernel.”

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Vanessa went on to explain why she helped open a court dedicated to her late husband and daughter.

“I chose this location so that young people in this community could have a safe space to play with equal opportunity, which was important to Kobe and Gianna,” she wrote. “We are grateful to the City of Philadelphia, @muralarts, for hosting this project and helping to make it a reality.”

Dream Courts’ Instagram also shared photos of the new pitch, which features a semi-circle bearing the names of Kobe and Gianna. The field also has a Los Angeles Lakers-style purple and yellow color scheme with Kobe’s No. 24 surrounded by a heart just outside the foul line on either end.


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