MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A local non-profit is working to give back to the community and honor Kobe Bryant.
“No matter how hard it gets. Just keep pushing because eventually you are going to get to the end,” Sarah Rosenthal told FOX13.
Rosenthal and her middle school student body government are now raising money and plan to donate Kobe Bryant memorabilia to the National Civil Rights Museum.
FOX13 spoke with teens who were also honored by the Shelby County Commissioners earlier. They said giving back will not end despite the tragic loss of Kobe, his daughter and seven others.
It all started at the FedEx forum when Rosenthal was tasked with overseeing his last game in Memphis in 2016. She met Kobe who became a sponsor of her non-profit that’s been able to reach kids in the city of Memphis and as far as Malawi.
“When I met him, he shook my hand. He told me I was doing great. He asked me to keep going and he said if I needed anything. I could go to him," Rosenthal said.
Kobe became the first big sponsor to help start Sarah’s Hope Project, a non-profit organization focused on helping kids have the tools they need to learn.
“Kids don’t have enough shoes or enough clothes, or adults don’t have enough money for food or a place to live so we started to raise money for them.”
Since then SHP has grown to 12 different NBA sports team partnerships that send auction items and helped her raise close to 5,000 dollars for charity last year. However,
Rosenthal took a major loss when she learned of the passing of Kobe, but the Mamba mentality lives on.
Rosenthal is working with the Germantown Middle School student body government and plans to donate Kobe memorabilia and raise money for the National Civil Rights Museum along with donating a “Struggle Quilt” composed of artwork to honor’s the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“No matter how hard it gets. Just keep pushing because eventually you are going to get to the end. You’re going to succeed and look back and realize all of that struggle really paid off because hard work always pays off.
“She was a very big inspiration because she taught all of us that we should give to the community and that we should work together, and we can make a different no matter what our age is,” said Lauren Sanders, student council member. “I never personally got to meet Kobe but it definitely had an impact on me because I realize how much of a big impact he had on the community and the world. It kind of hurts to see how bad it hurt Sarah. It just shows Kobe Bryant had a very good impact on the community.”
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