As Kobe had been trying to arrange for an internship for Alexis, Pelinka assured that she will soon be interning at the best sports agency they can find.
16-year-old Alexis Altobelli lost both her parents and sister in the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna. According to baseball agent Scott Boras, Kobe's last text and wish was for an internship to be arranged for Alexis at a top sports agency. The Lakers Legend had messaged basketball manager Rob Pelinka just minutes before the helicopter malfunctioned and crashed, as Pelinka revealed in his speech at Kobe's memorial at the Staples Center. CNN reported that Boras will now meet with the 16-year-old and ensure that Kobe's wish comes true.
Should clarify that it was for John Altobelli's surviving daughter— VLM (@CountTheRings) February 24, 2020
"We are going to create a community for her. We are going to take her to games, show her how our company, with 135 employees and all of its departments, works," he said. The fateful helocopter that Kobe was on, crashed as it was reportedly headed to his Mamba Sports Academy in Newbury Park with seven other passengers, including Gianna, and John, Keri, and Alyssa Altobelli. An instrument-rated commercial pilot and flight instructor who has been identified as Ara Zobayan was at the controls of the helicopter.
Scott Boras will honor Kobe Bryant’s final request with internship for Alexis Altobelli https://t.co/EMcXjRV4uA— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) February 25, 2020
As Kobe had been trying to arrange for an internship for her, Pelinka assured and Boras has now confirmed, Alexis will soon be interning at the best sports agency they can find. Pelinka was Kobe's close friend and former agent, and godfather to his daughter, Gianna. Pelinka tearfully exclaimed how he was at church when Kobe reached out to him asking about a certain Southern California sports agent regarding the internship. The agent, who turned out to be Boras, was asked to help Alexis get the internship, as Kobe vouched for her character and intellect.
“I grabbed my phone and text Kobe back that I had seen the baseball agent at a Lakers game just the other night and was happy to help him with whatever he wanted,” Pelinka explained, Yahoo Sports reports. “It was now just past 9:30. Kobe texted back explaining his desire to help a friend of his secure a baseball agency internship for one of his young daughters. Kobe vouched for the girl’s character, intellect and work ethic. He clearly wanted to champion a bright future for her.”
"A handful of minutes later, Kobe and Gianna and seven other beautiful souls ascended into heaven," Pelinka said, according to Fox Carolina, explaining the texts were exchanged just minutes before the Sikorsky S-76 carrying Bryant and the others crashed into the Santa Monica Mountains. "Kobe lived to make other people's lives better all the way up until his final text," he said.
Am so happy that she is getting this support!! She will come out in flying colors!! Thanks to this internship giving people!! 🙏🙏— Deepi (@deepi98deepi) February 27, 2020
According to Boras, he had met Alexis once at one of her father's games. John Altobelli was the baseball coach at Orange Coast Colege. Kobe and Boras knew each other as they lived in the same neighborhood and even met him at the same Newport Beach church, but the two of them never talked business with each other. After the news of Kobe's death was made known, Boras reached out to Alexis' big brother J.J who is a scout for the Boston Red Sox and told him, "Look, let us know how we can help."
"I've got women in their 20s, 30s, 40s who are going to help Lexi with everything in her life, including college applications, college choices," he said. "We are going to enrich her and make sure she's prepared to graduate from school, college and be prepared to enter the job market." Boras had then invited Alexis and her brother [and the rest of their family] to tour his SoCal-based office and to discuss how she could gain experience by working for him.
I'm confident @borascorp and Scott Boras will use this as a platform and foundation moving forward. I know @NBA @WNBA @NFL @MLB @nhl will work together to establish a brightly lit path for talented young women to intern at sports franchises across the country. #KobeBryant— Paulo DoCouto (@TheDriversVault) February 26, 2020