Kobe Bryant provides support for the eSports industry
Kobe Bryant has introduced his Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, CA, looking to provide multi-sport training opportunities for young athletes wanting to improve their game. In addition to sports such as basketball and football, the academy will also include a different type of athletic game to its roster - eSports.
Mamba is a joint venture between Bryant and a facility in Thousand Oaks. The 100,000-square-foot facility features five basketball courts, five volleyball courts, a turf for football and soccer, batting cages, pitching mounds and a biomechanics lab. The academy initially opened in 2016, but was recently rebranding after Bryant became involved.
Bryant has been a significant investor in eSports activities. He, along with a number of individuals, purchased a League of Legend team in 2016 for $1 million and Echo Fox, an eSports company, has indicated, “(Kobe) is aware of what is moving in the ecosystem with some of his peers. He doesn’t have a deaf ear or blind eye to this. We had some conversations about (eSports). If I had to suspect, Kobe is not far off from making his own move. He’s obviously welcome always to be a part of our world in any way, any capacity he’d want to be. We’d love adding him to our group.”
Mamba will offer three divisions - the physical academies, a charity foundation and a venture lab that focuses on sports. The venture lab is expected to concentrate on cognition in sports, strategic investments and support of academic fields such as science, education, math and art.
Bryant says of the new facility, “Mamba Sports Academy is a natural expansion of my commitment to educating and empowering the next generation of kids through sports. At Mamba Sports Academy, we will focus on offering a premium experience on proper training for young athletes, and infuse a little ‘Mamba Mentality’ into their programs.”