Before he died, Kobe Bryant was hoping to grant the wish of Alexis Altobelli, who wanted to secure an internship at a sports management agency. The story was recounted by Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka, who was Bryant's friend, former agent, and godfather to his 13-year-old daughter Gianna. During the celebration of life memorial for Bryant and Gianna on Monday, Pelinka shared that on the morning of his death, Bryant messaged him about getting Altobelli an internship. Moments later the helicopter he was traveling on crashed, killing him, Gianna, and everyone else on board. Tragically, Altobelli's parents and her sister, Alyssa, were also on board.
"Kobe's last human act was heroic," Pelinka said. "He wanted to use his platform to bless and a shape a young girl's future."
Now, it has been announced that Bryant's last kind act on Earth will not go undone, as sports superagent Scott Boras has announced that he will be meeting with 16-year-old Lexi Altobelli. "We are going to create a community for her. We are going to take her to games, show her how our company, with 135 employees and all of its departments, works," he said, per CNN.
The news of Lexi getting the opportunity to pursue her dream, thanks to Bryant, has garnered some strong reactions online, with one person commenting on Twitter, "I say chances are this would have gone down anyway regardless of Kobe's passing. But I guess it's a feel good story,and everyone could sure use one."
After hearing Pelinka talk about this at the Kobe memorial I hoped it would happen. 💛💜— Jody Wahl with an A (@JodyWHL) February 26, 2020
The day he died, Kobe Bryant tried to get Alexis Altobelli an internship. Now she’s getting one https://t.co/wOpfY2dcjC
"Even after death, Kobe is making things happen for others," tweeted someone else, while another fan wrote, "Shoutout Scott Boras, he’s creating the internship that Kobe wanted for John Altobelli’s daughter Alexis! Beautiful move."0comments
"When I first heard that story I thought to myself; 'Wow... the last act that @kobebryant did was to advance the career / life of the daughter of a friend.' He truly was a special kind of person," offered a fourth fan.
God Bless Alexis Altobelli & surround her with LOVE & SUPPORT FOREVER 🙏🏾🙏🏾❤❤ https://t.co/E212AT5J3C— Ashley Ja'Terria (@All_N_Yo_Tweets) February 25, 2020
Notably, the Los Angeles Times reports that Boras stated they had already made plans for Lexi to meet him, as he was was a longtime acquaintance of her late father, John Altobelli, but Bryant's desire to vouch for her character certainly made the teen stand out more.