In celebration of Women’s History Month, which lasted the entire month of March, Kobe Bryant hosted more than 150 local Los Angeles girls for a basketball clinic and life skills development session at his new Mamba Sports Academy on Thursday (March 28) as part of the NBA and WNBA’s ‘Her Time To Play’ program.
‘Her Time To Play’ was launched in October 2018 and is described as a national grassroots initiative created by the WNBA and NBA to inspire the next generation of girls, ages 7-14, to play basketball in a positive and healthy way. Through sports, girls learn important life skills such as teamwork, leadership, and self-confidence.
According to Urban Spotlite, the event started with 40 minutes of on-court developmental drills including dribbling, passing, shooting and defense skills led by Bryant and Los Angeles Sparks clinicians. It also included a panel discussion moderated by ESPN’s Michelle Beadle featuring Kobe Bryant, Cappie Pondexter (two-time WNBA champion), Danita Johnson (L.A. Sparks Team President & COO), and Keisha Nix (Executive Director of Los Angeles Lakers Youth Foundation).
‘Her Time To Play’ aims to increase opportunities for women in coaching and athletic leadership across the youth sports landscape. To learn more about this initiative, click here.