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Kobe Bryant was instrumental in launch of National Museum of African American History and Culture

The Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Foundation is a founding donor of the NMAAHC

WASHINGTON — The 2016 opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture was a celebration a long time coming thanks to the generous donations of many. Among its founding donors: The Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Foundation contributing more than a million dollars.

The Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Foundation was founded in 2006, originally called the VIVO Foundation. The charity was created in an effort to financially support young people in "life-changing experiences designed to broaden their global perspectives," according to the Foundation's mission statement. Change lives it did- since it's creation, the charity initiative also provided countless scholarships for minority college students and youth worldwide, as well as worked with the Make a Wish Foundation.

It's only fitting that Kobe Bryant is among the giants in the hallowed halls of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. A signed No. 8 Lakers Jersey has a home in the sports exhibit along with the one he wore as No. 24 in the 2008 NBA Finals.

Off the court, there's a picture capturing an intimate moment of Bryant lounging in New York back in 2002.

Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS
President Barack Obama joins Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and the rest of the Lakers in a visit to the Boys and Girls Club to prepare Christmas care packages, Monday, Dec. 13, 2010, in Washington. Coach Frank Hamblin is at rear. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

His community extended beyond Los Angeles as seen in a 2010 picture with President Barack Obama as they assembled care packages for wounded warriors. #KobeintheCommunity is much more than a social media hashtag. It was his gift to us; changing lives, doing his part to pay it forward and building a legacy to live up to.

The KVBFF also operates various summer athletic programs and basketball camps, as well as a youth soccer club in Orange County. Bryant also coached and mentored various youth athletic clubs, including coaching his daughter's team and mentoring those at the Kobe Bryant Basketball Foundation.

Fans looking to support Bryant and his family can fill out the donation form here. You can also donate by mailing a check physically to the Foundation:

Kobe & Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation
PO Box 12019
Newport Beach, CA 92658

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