A couple years back Kobe and Vanessa Bryant took on the worthy cause of combating homelessness in Los Angeles.
Awww look at the Bryant’s working as team…
Via Huffington Post
Kobe and Vanessa Bryant met with the press today at My Friend’s Place, a haven for homeless youth based in Hollywood, to announce their intention to “help [homeless youth] kick butt” and build self-sufficient lives. The couple are forming a new charity initiative, the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation (KVBFF), to eradicate youth homelessness in Los Angeles. Bryant admitted that he and Vanessa still need a lot more education on issues of youth homelessness, but what he has learned so far has made a huge impact. Between 7,000 and 10,000 of LA’s homeless are under the age of 24, a fact that Bryant said “shocked the hell out of me.” He mentioned that as a father of two, the problem just “hits home more.”
Bryant insisted on speaking only about his new non-profit organization and issues of homelessness, smacking down any questions concerning the Lakers. He quickly dismissed an inquiry about the team’s new coach, Mike Brown, saying, “right now’s not the time or the place…it’s unfair to the kids.” When asked if he was watching the current NBA finals, he merely paused and murmured, “uh, not really.” Bryant turned the talk about basketball back to homelessness, stating that his career as a sports star cannot compare to what youth on the streets go through daily, which, in his words, takes “real determination.” “On my way to games, I noticed children and families living on the streets blocks away from where I play,” Bryant elaborated in a printed statement.
Yesterday, their efforts got a boost from the former POTUS and Barry-O supporter Bill Clinton.
Says Vanessa via Instgram:
“Tonight Kobe and I joined former President Clinton as we celebrated the grand opening of Step Up on Vine, a permanent supportive housing project in Hollywood as a part of our commitment to end youth homelessness through the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation. KVBFF.org #KVBFF”
“It means so much to Kobe and I to be able to see how Step Up on Vine will directly impact young people by not only providing food, clothes and shelter but by offering vital services addressing their overall health and life skills. The building is amazing and has a Platinum Leed Certification. So happy to see this vision come to life! For more info please visit KVBFF.org #KVBFF”
Even Kobe hopped on his newly-minted Twitter page to spread the good word.
“Great event with President Clinton and @KVBFF for renovation of Step Up on Vine!”
Looks like even when the Lakers are living the realest struggle life they’ve ever lived, Kobe still wants to do good in the hood. Clap for ’em.
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