Gianna Bryant’s middle school honored the late 13-year-old with a touching ceremony, retiring her jersey in footage captured by her mother, Vanessa Bryant via Instagram.
Vanessa took to Instagram on Wednesday night to share a number of videos of the heartfelt ceremony, captioning the set: “Gianna Bryant’s Jersey Retirement,” which began with a message from members of her middle school, Harbor Day Student Council.
“Today we honor as a student and as an athlete. As a coach, we always want to find and coach students who are committed, dedicated and passionate about a sport. Gianna was all of these. She was determined to learn everything she could about the sport of basketball and worked as hard as possible to develop her basketball skills,” the Harbor Day School faculty member said, adding the ceremony would go on to “commemorate her athleticism and caring spirit” shared with all. “She will be the last person to wear the number 2 for the basketball team. We hope that when you look at her jersey hanging in our gym you will remember Gianna and be inspired to work hard.”
The ceremony was arranged with a bouquet of heart-shaped balloons and a table, decorated with flowers arranged in the shape of her jersey number, 2, which she proudly wore as a player for both the Mamba Sports Academy and Harbor Day basketball team.
In another video shared by Vanessa, a number of Harbor Day 6th and 7th graders assembled on the gym floor to sing Maroon 5’s “Memories,” which later caught the attention of Adam Levine who was touched by the gesture, and captioned the reshare: “It’s important to cry. It’s important to sing. It’s important to love so hard and hold on so tightly for as long as we can. Now more than ever. #GIRLDAD.”