Gianna Bryant’s School Retires Her No 2 Basketball Jersey

Students and staff of Harbor Day School in Newport Beach paid glowing tribute to Gianna Bryant.

Updated07 Feb 2020, 02:33 AM IST
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Gianna Bryant’s school on Wednesday night retired her No 2 basketball jersey in a ceremony as they paid tribute to her.

Retired NBA star Kobe Bryant was one of nine people killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas where he was being accompanied by his 13-year-old daughter Gianna.

According to a report, students and staff of Harbor Day School in Newport Beach paid glowing tribute to Gianna and how she always was a leader.

"My Gigi. I love you! I miss you," Gianna's mother, Vanessa Bryant, wrote in one of her posts about the ceremony. "You've taught us all that no act of kindness is ever too small."

One of the school’s basketball coaches, Joshua Parks, said Gianna was one of the fiercest competitors he’d ever seen, as quoted by

"She definitely represented the ‘Mamba Mentality' every time she stepped on the floor," Parks added.

"She never came to school and bragged about anything. She was one of the most humble people I've ever known," her former adviser and music teacher, Yunga Webb, said in her speech

"She didn't need to brag, just needed to be a light wherever she stood," Webb continued.

“She elevated the eighth-grade class. She made us better and she makes us better,” Web added.

"We (still) call her name. And when we call her name, I hear 40-plus kids say ‘here,'" Webb said. "In honour of her. Because she's always with us," she said.

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Published: 06 Feb 2020, 10:50 AM IST
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