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Celebrating Women & Girls In Sports

Girl Dads Part 1

WHAT IS A GIRL DAD?

The term “girl dad” began trending on social media in honor of NBA legend, Kobe Bryant, who tragically passed away with his daughter, Gianna, and a few of her teammates on January 26, 2020. Kobe Bryant was the proud dad to 4 girls: Natalia, Gianna, Bianka, and Capri.

 

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WHAT IS A GIRL DAD?

ESPN’s Elle Duncan shared her memory of meeting Kobe Bryant in a broadcast on SportsCenter. Duncan also shared the story on Instagram saying, “I asked if he had advice on raising girls – he said, ‘Just be grateful you’ve been given that gift, girls are amazing.” She shared more of Kobe’s words, “I would have 5 more girls if I could… I’m a girl dad. I love the challenge of raising women.”

 

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TIGER & SAM WOODS

Professional golfer, Tiger Woods, is regarded as one of the greatest golfers of all time. He is also a father to his daughter Sam. Instead of following in her dad’s footsteps, Sam enjoys playing soccer. However, Sam caddied for her dad in the Masters’ Par-3.

 

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JOHNNY & JIA PERKINS

Jia Perkins’ father was a former wide receiver in the NFL. Jia played in the WNBA for 12 seasons. She ended her career in 2017 after a championship win with the Minnesota Lynx.

 

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ZAZA PACHULIA & 2 DAUGHTERS

Zaza Pachulia is a former NBA player, winning two championships with the Golden State Warriors. He is a father of two daughters. Mariam is the oldest, and the youngest daughter’s name has not yet been released. Mariam told ESPN that Klay Thompson was her favorite player on the Warriors.

 

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RANDALL & VASHTI CUNNINGHAM

Vashti Cunningham is the daughter of former NFL Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback, Randall Cunningham. Vashti is an Olympic high jumper, who earned a bronze medal in 2019.

 

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TOM & VIVIAN BRADY

Aside from being a NFL legend and winning six Super Bowls with the New England Patriots, Tom Brady prides himself in being a father to his daughter, Vivian Lake. She stole the hearts of millions after Super Bowl 53 when Tom held her on his hip and she was full of triumphant energy.

 

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PAUL LEVESQUE & 3 DAUGHTERS

Paul Levesque, also known as “Triple H”, is the Executive Vice President of WWE and a professional wrestler. He is a father to three daughters, Aurora, Murphy, and Vaughn. His wife, Stephanie McMahon, Chief Brand Officer of WWE and a wrestling personality, said Aurora is already in training to be a wrestler.

 

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LEBRON & ZHURI JAMES

Lakers’ Superstar and 3 time NBA Champion, LeBron James, is a proud father to daughter Zhuri. In a caption on his instagram post, pictured to the left, James said, “The best part about a post game win! Being smothered by Daddy’s lil Princess!!”

 

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