In 2018, Kobe Bryant, at the Aspen Institute's Project Play Summit, shared his soccer history, as well as insights on coaching and parenting. Skye Eddy
Bruce of SoccerParenting.com attended and reported: "My favorite paraphrase from the interview: My coaches gave me the cake, I put the icing on it." Bryant was born in Philadelphia
in 1978. He was introduced to soccer and embraced it while living in Italy for 8 years as his father was playing in Lega Basket Serie A. Bryant died on Sunday in a helicopter crash. The mourning
extends well beyond the basketball world.
Bryant on his soccer experiences and the importance of coaches encouraging "imagination" -- free play and unstructured play: