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Vanessa Bryant Speaks at A Celebration of Life for Kobe and Gianna Bryant

Feb 27, 2020
Now I would like to introduce a person who invited us all here today on the 24th because he knew we needed him. We can't celebrate the lives of Kobe and Gigi and all the people we've lost without honoring the woman Kobe and Gigi loved the most, please. welcome Vanessa Bryant thank you so much everyone for being here thank you so much to us too i love you first i would like to thank everyone for coming out today the outpouring of love and support my family has felt from everyone has been so uplifting thank you so much for all your prayers I'd like to talk about Coby and Gigi, but first I'll start with my little girl.
vanessa bryant speaks at a celebration of life for kobe and gianna bryant
My Chiana girl Bryant is an incredibly sweet and gentle soul. her good night and she kissed me good morning there were a few times when she was absolutely tired of being up with Bianca and Capri and I thought she had gone off to school without saying goodbye to her. you were asleep and i didn't want to wake you up she knew how much her morning and evening kisses meant to me and she was so thoughtful in remembering to kiss me every day she was daddy's girl but i know she loved her mommy and she always would tell me and show me how much i love her she loved she was one of my best friends she loved to bake she loved to put a smile on everyone's face last august she made a beautiful birthday cake for her dad it had fondant and it looked like it had blue agate crystals Kobe's birthday cake seemed to be professionally decorated she made the best chocolate chip cookies she loved watching cooking shows and cupcake wars with me and she loved watching survivor games and MBA on tv with her dad she also loved watching disney movies with her sisters Gigi was very competitive like her dad, but Gianna had a sweet grace about her, her smile was like sunlight, her smile took up her whole face like mine, Kobe she always said that she was me, she had my fire, my personality and sarc. asm she was sweet and loving on the inside she had the best laugh she was contagious she was pure and genuine Kobe and Gianna naturally gravitated towards each other she had Kobe's ability to listen to a song and memorize all the lyrics after hearing the song a couple of times times it was her secret talent she was an amazing athlete she was great at gymnastics soccer softball dance and basketball she was also an amazing dancer she loved to swim dance do somersaults and jump into our pool and Gigi loved her tic-tac dance gigi was confident but not de in an arrogant way she loved to help and teach things to other people at school she offered the boys basketball coaches to help give the boys basketball team some tips like triangle offense she was a lot like her dad and she liked them both helping people learn new things and master them they were great teachers gigi was so sweet always making sure everyone is have a good time she was our shepherdess she always took care of our family together she loved family traditions family movie night and game night on vacation were important to her you always took care of everyone she was very in tune with our feelings she wanted the best to us Gianna was smart she could read spoke and write Mandarin she knew Spanish she had straight A's and kept them up while becoming an amazing basketball player she was the spirit chair for the student council she was the assistant director of the school play like her older sister, she was looking forward to graduating eighth grade and moving on to high school with her older sister Natalia.
vanessa bryant speaks at a celebration of life for kobe and gianna bryant

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I am so happy that she was given the opportunity to know that she was accepted to the same high school. She was very happy. Gianna made us all proud and she still does. Gianna never tried. to comply, she was always herself, she was a good person, a leader, a teacher, she wore a white t-shirt, black leggings, a jean jacket, white high-top converse and a flannel tied at the waist. Her straight hair was her favorite style. She had a lot of style and rhythm since she was a baby. She gave the best hugs and the best kisses.
vanessa bryant speaks at a celebration of life for kobe and gianna bryant
She had beautiful soft lips just like her daddy. She would hold me and hold me as tight as she could. feel like she loved me loved the way she looked at me as she hugged me it was like she was taking me completely in we love each other so much i miss so much she was so energetic i couldn't keep up with her energy she licked me and natalia on a track one Once she was about six we let her have a head start she's still the best hmm I miss her sweet kisses. a smile and a burst of laughter we shared the same cat that ate the canary smile gigi was the sunshine she made my day every day strange to look at her beautiful face she was always such a good follower of the rules i knew i could always count on her to do the right thing she was the most loving daughter thoughtful little sister and silly big sister happily helped carry the little ones diaper bag or played with them liked to help me with Bianca and Capri Bianca loved going to the playground swimming and jumping on the trampoline with Gigi I used to tell Gigi that I thought Koko considered her my favorite sister Capri would grin from ear to ear when Gigi would walk in the room and Capri reminds me so much of Gianna they look alike and just smile their whole face face pure joy we won't be able to see GG go to high school with Natalya and ask her how her day was we didn't get a chance to teach her how to drive a car i won't be able to tell her what h how beautiful she looks on her wedding day i will never get to see my little girl walk down the hall have a father daughter dance with her daddy dance on the dance floor with me or have babies of her own Gianna would have made an amazing mom she was very motherly from she was very little gigi would probably have become the best player in the WNBA she would have made a big difference she would have made a big difference for women's basketball gigi was motivated to change the way everyone looked at women in sports she wrote articles at school advocating for women and she wrote about what the unequal pay gap was like for the NBA and WNBA leagues.
vanessa bryant speaks at a celebration of life for kobe and gianna bryant
It's not fair and I really feel like it made positive changes for WNBA players. Now she says she knew Gigi's goal was to eventually play in the WNBA. I am still very proud of Gianna. She made a difference and was kind to everyone she met in those 13 years. she was here on earth her classmates shared many good memories of Gianna with us and those stories reminded me that Gianna loved and showed everyone that no act of kindness is too small to make a difference in someone's

life

she always she was always always thoughtful by others in her feelings, she was a beautiful, kind, happy, goofy, thoughtful and loving daughter and sister, she was so full of

life

and had so much more to offer this world.
I can't imagine life without her mom. and Natalia Bianca Capri and dad 11 so much Gigi I will miss your sweet handmade cards your sweet kisses and your beautiful smile I miss you all every day well for my soul mate mm-hmm Kobe was known as a fierce competitor on the court basketball the greatest of all time a writer an oscar winner and the black mamba but to me he was coco my booboo my baby boo my cool daddy I was his VB his super green sob is queen his queen mama mama and his whiskey menisci fabulous ki could I don't see him as a celebrity or just an amazing basketball player.
He was my sweet husband and the beautiful father of our children. He was mine. He was my everything. Kobe and I have been together since he was 17 and a half years old. It was his. first girlfriend his first love his wife his best friend his confidant and his protector he was the most amazing husband Kobe loved me more than I could put into words or express it he was the early riser and I was an idol I was fire and he was ice and vice versa sometimes we evened out he would do anything for me i have no idea how i deserved a man who loved me and wanted me more than

kobe

he was charismatic a gentleman who loved and adored and adored romantic he was truly the romantic in our relationship and seemed to be looking forward to Valentine's Day and our anniversaries every year he planned special anniversary trips and a special traditional gift for each year of our marriage he had even made my most precious gifts he just thought outside the box so I was very considerate even while working hard to be the best athlete gave me the real notebook and the blue dress that rachel mcadams wore in the notebook movie when i asked her why she chose or the blue dress said it was because it's a scene when Ali returns with Noah we were hoping to grow old together like the movie, we really had an amazing love story, we loved each other with all of our being, two perfectly imperfect people, forming a beautiful family and raising our sweet amazing girls for a couple of weeks. s before they passed Cobie sent me a sweet text mentioning that I wanted to spend time together just the two of us without our kids because I'm his best friend first we never got a chance to we were busy taking care of our girls and just going about our regular daily responsibilities, but I'm grateful to have that recent message that means so much to me.
Kobe wanted us to renew our vows, he wanted Natalia to take over her company and he wanted to travel the world together, we always had. talked about how funny grandpas would be for our daughters sons he would have been the coolest grandpa

kobe

was the MVP of girl dad's or MBD never left the toilet seat up always told the girls how beautiful and smart they are taught them how to be brave and how to keep going when the going gets tough and we might retire from the NBA he took charge of dropping off and picking up our girls from school since I was home pregnant with Bianca and recently home nursing Capri when Kob was still I was playing.
He used to show up an hour early to be first in line to pick up Natalia and Gianna from school and I told him he couldn't drop the ball once he took over. He was late once and definitely us. let him know I was never late so he showed up an hour and 20 minutes early after that he always knew there was room for improvement and wanted to do better. He happily carpooled and enjoyed spending time in the car with our girls. loving father a practical and present father helped me bathe Bianca and Capri almost every night sang them silly songs in the shower and continued to make them laugh and smile as he lotioned them and got them ready for bed he had magic arms and he was able to put Capri to sleep in just a few minutes he said he had it down to a science eight times up and down our hall he loved to take Bianca to fashion I'm going to watch her play in the koi pond area and I love taking her to the park his most recent visit to the koi pond was the night before he and Gigi passed away he shared a love of movies and the breakdown of movies with Natalia he enjoyed renting theaters and taking Athaliah to see the latest Star Wars movie or the Harry Potter movies and they had movie marathons and she enjoyed every second she loved her typical tears she also liked watching stepmother steel magnolias and little women she had a soft heart cob and he somehow knew where I was at all times specifically when I was late for his games he would worry about me if I wasn't in my seat at the start of every game and he would ask security where I was the first time outside of the first quarter and my smart was telling him he wasn't going to lose 81 points in the first 10 minutes of the game I think anyone with kids understands that sometimes we can't get to the gate on time and eventually he got used to my lateness and realized the fact that he could play at an intense professional level and still be co-concerned with making sure we got to the game safely was just another example of how family came first he loved being Gianna's basketball coach he told me that He wished he had convinced Natalia to play basketball so they could have spent even more time together, but he also wanted her to pursue her own passion.
He saw Natalya play in a volleyball tournament on her birthday on January 19 and realized that she is a very smart player. He was convinced that he would have made a great point with his court vision and told me that he wanted Bianca and Capri to play basketball when they were older so that he could spend as much time with them as he did with Gigi and Kobe always told Bianca and Capri who were going to grow up and play basketball and blend in now that they won't have their dad and sister here to teach them and that's really a loss I don't understand but I'm so thankful that Kobe heard Coco say dad he won't be here. dropping Bianca Capri in pre-k or kindergarten wasn't going to be here to tell me to control myself when we have to leave the kindergarten classroom or go to our daughter's doctor visits for my own moral support he's not here I'm going to be able to walk our daughters down the aisle or twirl on the dance floor while he sings PYT to me, but I want my daughters to know and remember what an amazing person, husband and father he was the kind of man who wanted to teach thefuture generations to be better and prevent them from making their own mistakes he always liked to work and do projects to improve the lives of children he taught us valuable lessons about life and sports through his MBA career his books the details of his program and his puny x podcast series and we're so thankful he left us those lessons and stories.
He was considerate and wrote the best love letters and cards. they weren't thoughtful like him they were so easy to love they all naturally gravitated towards them they were fun happy goofy and loved life they were so full of joy and adventure God knew they couldn't be on this earth without each other he had to take them home to the heaven together baby you take care of our chichi and mi i have babysitter baby and coco we are still the best team we love you and miss you boo-boo and gigi can rest in peace and have fun in heaven until we meet again someday we love you both and we miss you forever and always mommy

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