Kobe Bryant Sends Video Message To College Player Who Lost Parents In Fire
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Colorado State forward Emmanuel Omogbo lost both of his parents last week when they, along with his sister’s two children, were caught in a fire at their home residence. His sister survived by jumping out of second-story window.
A day after the tragic accident, the school setup a donation page on the crowdfunding site GoFundMe. The goal of $10k was reached within hours and is currently on the verge of passing $100k.
The next day, Omgobo scored 11 points and grabbed 7 boards in 20 minutes during an emotional 74-66 victory.
“That’s the neatest performance I’ve seen under such adverse circumstances,” Colorado State coach Larry Eustachy said after the game. “And I was going to put him in, and then there was a timeout. So I waited until they started to play the game again, then I put him in because I knew the fans would encourage him.
“And I thought our fans were terrific tonight, and they really acknowledged him, and if you don’t think that means a lot to him, we’re kidding ourselves. It was cool that he hasn’t played much in the last week, and 11 and 7 in 20 minutes may be the greatest performance I’ve witnessed under such tragic situations.”
On Sunday, Omgobo, via Twitter, shared a heartfelt video message Kobe Bryant sent to him, letting him know that he’s there for him.
“This is Kobe, I just wanted to take the time to let you know that I’m thinking about you in my prayers, and you will continue to be in my prayers. Your strength and courage is a true inspiration. Just wanted to tell you I’m there for you man, keep your head up.”
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