Gianna Bryant's Dream School Honors 13-Year-Old Player With Her Own Huskies Jersey | 22 Words

Yesterday, the world was left devastated by the heartbreaking news that legendary NBA player, Kobe Bryant, died in a helicopter crash on Sunday morning - he was just forty-one-years-old.

Bryant's daughter, Gianna, was also on board the helicopter with her father and died in the crash along with 7 other victims.

Gianna's dream school has paid a touching tribute to her in the sweetest way. Keep scrolling to take a look...

 

Kobe Bryant was a legend in the world of basketball.

via: Getty Images

The former pro basketball player won 5 NBA titles throughout his 2-decade career with the Los Angeles Lakers, cementing him as one of the greatest players of all time.

The sporting sensation joined the NBA straight out of high school...

via: Getty Images

He was then elected by the Charlotte Hornets with the thirteenth overall pick of the 1996 NBA draft. Ultimately, he was then traded to the Lakers, in a move that truly kick-started his iconic career.

At age thirty-four, Kobe became the youngest player in NBA history to surpass the 30,000 point mark.

On April 13, 2016, Kobe played his final game where he wowed the sold-out crowd, scoring a huge sixty points - the sixth sixty-point game of his career.

Kobe is also made a name for himself off the court...

The basketball star won an Oscar for his short film, Dear Basketball, in 2018.

But there's no denying he was a family man at heart...

The star shared 4 children with his wife, Vanessa Laine Bryant, who wed in April 2001.

But on Sunday, the world woke to tragic news...

via: Getty Images

It had been confirmed that Kobe Bryant had tragically died in a helicopter crash at around 9:45 am local time on Sunday morning. The NBA star's private helicopter crashed in Calabasas, TMZ sports confirmed.

Shortly after the news broke, The city of Calabasas released a statement:

via: Getty Images

"With great sadness that we learn of the death of Kobe Bryant and four others in a helicopter crash." "The aircraft went down in a remote field off Las Virgenes around 10 am this morning. Nobody on the ground was hurt. However, we have now learned that 9 individuals were killed.

Kobe was known for opting to use a helicopter for travel...

via: Getty Images

But tragically, his private helicopter went down and a "fire broke out," TMZ reported.

The cause of the crash is currently unknown...

via: Getty Images

But Kurt Deetz, who has flown helicopters carrying Bryant in the past, told the Los Angeles Times that weather was a more likely cause of the accident than a mechanical issue.

This seems to be a likely explanation...

via: Getty Images

"The likelihood of a catastrophic twin-engine failure on that aircraft - it just doesn't happen," he said.

This is utterly devastating news...

Kobe leaves behind his wife and their daughters - Natalia and Bianka, and their newborn, Capri.

Bryant's daughter, Gianna, was also on board the helicopter at the time of the crash.

via: Getty Images

TMZ Sports reports that Gianna, aged thirteen, tragically died in the crash.

She was so young...

It is thought that the father and daughter were on their way to the Mamba Academy for basketball practice, nearby Thousand Oaks.

Like her dad, Gianna was a promising basketball star...

And she was set to follow in her Kobe's footsteps - on track to play in the female NBA.

Footage recently emerged on Instagram...

via: Instagram

And it shows Gianna playing basketball with her dad.

She was truly her father's daughter...

via: Instagram

And the video shows her completely own her dad on the basketball court.

It's now a heartbreaking sight for fans.

She was a hugely promising basketball player, who had dreamed of playing for the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team - the Huskies.

A day after the devastating news broke that Gianna had been killed, the school shared a touching tribute.

The team had a special Huskies jersey made with Gianna’s No. 2 emblazoned on the front, which was laid next to a bouquet of flowers. Keep scrolling to take a look.

The gesture solicited some emotional reactions from fans.

"She was going to change the game, rest in peace gigi," wrote one user, while another said: "I hope she sees this from somewhere. It’s really heartbreaking but beautiful you guys did this for their family."

The touching gesture was revealed via Twitter.

"Mambacita is forever a Husky," the team wrote. Such a lovely way to pay tribute to Gianna. R.I.P to all the victims of Sunday's tragic crash. To see how celebrities have been paying their respects, keep scrolling.