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In the latest edition of Rick Horrow's Sports Business Podcast, Rick Horrow sits down with former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue and takes you through the biggest sports business stories of the week.
Remembering Kobe Bryant, the statesman entrepreneur. USA Basketball chair and Sport Business Handbook contributor Jerry Colangelo, during an ESPN interview on Sunday, described himself as “shaken to the core” upon hearing the news that Bryant died in a helicopter crash on Sunday morning, and credited Bryant with leading Team USA to their gold medal Olympic performance in Beijing. “Gold Medal” perhaps best summarizes the span of Bryant’s all too short career. After his two-decade NBA run, Bryant dove into business with the same passion he had exhibited on the court. He started a business incubator and venture fund so that others could get their businesses off the ground. He wrote inspirational books for both children and adults. He made a highly-regarded documentary, “Kobe Bryant’s Muse,” with filmmaker Gotham Chopra. And in 2018, he wrote and produced an animated short, “Dear Basketball,” that won an Academy Award. On Sunday night, Lizzo, the most-nominated artist heading into the 2020 Grammy Awards at Staples Center, kicked off the show by telling the crowd, “Tonight is for Kobe.” And it
was, as surely as Bryant will be honored at the Super Bowl, the Oscars, the NBA All-Star Game, and throughout many days, nights, and years to come.
Remembering Kobe Bryant, the philanthropist. Kobe Bryant was also known for his contributions to the community off the court. His goals extended way beyond the hardwood, and he was committed to promoting basketball and other sports to young people, girls in particular. Through his Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Foundation, the charity the
NBA star founded with his wife in 2006, Bryant was the official ambassador for a children’s charity called After-School All-Stars. The organization provides after-school programs to 72,000 inner-city kids in need. Bryant also founded the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, California, and single-handedly sponsored the Mamba Cup basketball tournament there – the event to which he and daughter Gianna were headed when their helicopter crashed on Sunday. And he and Vanessa, according to WUSA9, were “Founding Donors” to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC, giving at least $1 million in financial support. Bryant’s legacy as a great athlete and champion will long be remembered, as will his dedication and commitment to
using sport as a means for young people to realize their dreams.
HSBC Bank USA will collaborate with Rick Horrow to create unique experiences for customers and prospects geared towards financial literacy. The partnership will center around the launch of Horrow’s latest book, The Sport Business Handbook: Insights from 100+ Leaders Who Shaped 50 Years of the Industry. Curated events will be held in markets
across the U.S. where book contributors will share the lessons that helped shape their athletic careers and future successful business endeavours. Entitled “SportBusiness 50: Lessons and Leadership from Legends of the Game,” the partnership will launch its initial event in Miami, coinciding with Super Bowl LIV. The announcement is another example of HSBC’s commitment to supporting the growth of its local communities and the customers within each. It follows the bank’s launch of the HSBC Financial Wellness Center in early 2019 powered by EVERFI, a leading education technology company. The online platform features a series of engaging modules focused on financial literacy topics such as buying a home, planning for higher education, and building credit. The platform is available to
anyone looking to advance their own financial literacy, inclusive of corporate partners as well as clients and non-clients of the bank.