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The UWI Faculty of Sportís tribute to global sport icon, Kobe Bryant

For Release Upon Receipt - January 29, 2020


The Faculty of Sport at The University of the West Indies (The UWI) joins millions around the world in offering deepest condolences to the family and friends of the late, great, global sporting icon Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, as well as the seven other helicopter passengers who died on Sunday, January 26, 2020.

Kobe epitomized excellence and was a role model for millions, not only as a legendary basketball player, but also as a philanthropist.

the Caribbean were shocked and saddened upon hearing the news, recognizing the inspirational impact he has had on the people of this region over his 20-year career. His commitment to the process of teaching and learning was clearly evident with the establishment of his Mamba Sports Academy. Embedding the intellectual dimension to skills development made him an icon not only on the court but also in the classroom.

Colleges and universities the world over that have been a part of his journey will be much the poorer. Those of us in the educational aspect of sport will continue to celebrate the high standard that he has set, as an advocate for the holistic development of young students.

His legacy will stand the test of time.




More about The UWI Faculty of Sport

Launched in 2017, The UWI Faculty of Sport integrates teaching and research, professional development, community partnerships, and co- and extra-curricular student sport through three main units: Professional Programmes, Outreach & Projects Unit, Co-curricular & Intramural-Activity Unit and the Academic Programme & Activity Unit. The faculty is made up of four Academies of Sport: Cave Hill Academy of Sport, Open Campus Academy of Sport, Mona Academy of Sport and St Augustine Academy of Sport. For more information visit


About The UWI

For over 70 years The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has provided service and leadership to the Caribbean region and wider world. The UWI has evolved from a university college of London in Jamaica with 33 medical students in 1948 to an internationally respected, regional university with near 50,000 students and five campuses: Mona in Jamaica, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago, Cave Hill in Barbados, Five Islands in Antigua and Barbuda and an Open Campus. As part of its robust globalization agenda, The UWI has established partnering centres with universities in North America, Latin America, Asia, and Africa including the State University of New York (SUNY)-UWI Center for Leadership and Sustainable Development; the Canada-Caribbean Studies Institute with Brock University; the Strategic Alliance for Hemispheric Development with Universidad de los Andes (UNIANDES); the UWI-China Institute of Information Technology, the University of Lagos (UNILAG)-UWI Institute of African and Diaspora Studies and the Institute for Global African Affairs with the University of Johannesburg (UJ). The UWI offers over 800 certificate, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science & Technology, Social Sciences and Sport. 

As the region’s premier research academy, The UWI’s foremost objective is driving the growth and development of the regional economy. The world’s most reputable ranking agency, Times Higher Education, has ranked The UWI among the top 600 universities in the world for 2019 and 2020, and the 40 best universities in Latin America and the Caribbean for 2018 and 2019. The UWI has been the only Caribbean-based university to make the prestigious lists.  For more, visit