The Mamba Sports Academy, the Thousand Oaks training complex to which Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven others were traveling when they were killed in a Jan. 26 helicopter crash, announced it is retiring “Mamba” — Bryant’s iconic nickname — from its title. “The changing of the name from Mamba Sports Academy to Sports Academy. Black MAMBA SPORTS ACADEMY Hoodie Kobe Bryant Lakers Screen Printed Sweatshirt. $29.95 + $8.95 shipping + $8.95 shipping + $8.95 shipping. ... Shipping cost cannot be calculated. Please enter a valid ZIP Code. Item location: Havana, Illinois, United States. Shipping to: United States. Madelyn Burke: Now, the Academy, of course, added the nickname to its title in 2018 after Kobe Bryant and Sports Academy CEO Chad Faulkner joined forces. Sports Academy, though, says their mission. As the family and friends of Kobe Bryant celebrate his birthday, the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation chimed in a day early with a tribute to the late Los Angeles Lakers player. The foundation, which uses youth sports and charitable actions to elevate Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna Bryant's.