It is no secret that Kobe Bryant has been a busy bean since his retirement from basketball last year. The former Laker recently partnered with Nike and the Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club to launch the “Mamba League.” The league is a 40-team co-ed youth basketball division that ran for 8 weeks, February-April.
“The Mamba League is a fun league for kids to learn the game and have fun,” Kobe said. “But also to understand the connection that the game has with life in general, and to convert that into being a better son, a better daughter, and a better student.”
The coaches of the 40-team league were USA Basketball trained Nike store employees from all over Southern California. For its inaugural season, the Mamba League covered four underserved communities in LA county where early positive experiences in sport are needed most: Nickerson Gardens in Watts, Whittier, West San Gabriel Valley/Monterey Park and Venice.
Bryant will look to expand the program next year to continue growing this positive space for kids to learn and enjoy the game.
Stay tuned for more information on how to sign up for the next Mamba League season.