On what would have been Gigi Bryant's 14th birthday, Vanessa Bryant penned an emotional note on Instagram to honour her daughter. Gigi, along with NBA legend Kobe Bryant, passed away in a tragic helicopter crash in Calabassas, California on January 26. Since their untimely deaths, Vanessa has taken to social media multiple times to write about the two of them and what they meant to her and their other three daughters – Natalia, Bianca and Capri. For her birthday, Vanessa talked about missing her daughter and asked everyone to wear red and use the hashtag 'PlayGigisWay' to remember her daughter.
Happy 14th Birthday to my sweet baby girl, Gianna. Mommy loves you more than I can ever show you. You are part of MY SOUL forever. I miss you so much everyday. I wish I could wake up and have you here with me. I miss your smile, your hugs and your giggles. I miss EVERYTHING about YOU, Gigi. I LOVE YOU so much!!!!!!! ❤️🎉🎂🎉❤️
Gianna loved to wear a red bow in all of her school pictures. Red means love and life. To commemorate Gigi’s birthday today, please consider wearing red, caption an act of kindness or show how you will play Gigi’s way since she always gave everything she did her all and led with kindness. ❤️Please use the hashtag #PlayGigisWay ❤️Thank you. 5-1-06 Mambacita (We are in the process of making this bracelet available for proceeds to benefit our Mamba and Mambacita foundation. I will update you with a post when we have them available for purchase).
Kobe and Gigi Bryant were headed to one of her basketball games at the Mamba Academy before their plane crashed. Gianna wanted to play basketball at the University of Connecticut, eventually joining the WNBA. After her death, UConn honoured her by putting a jersey with Gigi's number jersey and flowers on a chair.
The WNBA honoured Gianna's dream during their 2020 draft, making her and her teammates Alyssa Altobelli and Payton Chester honorary draft picks. Bryant's former teammate Pau Gasol also sent Vanessa a ceremonial birthday cake for Gianna.