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MSE Foundation Auction Raises $19,025 for Kobe Bryant Charities

Auction featured Capitals Captain Alex Ovechkin's autographed No. 24 jersey in tribute to Kobe Bryant and game-used stick and gloves

by Washington Capitals @capitals / WashingtonCaps.com

Washington, D.C. - Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation raised $19,025 for The Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation and The MambaOnThree Fund through an auction featuring Capitals and Wizards memorabilia worn in tribute to NBA legend Kobe Bryant.

Capitals items in the auction included an autographed Alex Ovechkin jersey featuring the number 24 that was worn during pregame warmups on Jan. 29, a signed Ovechkin game-used stick and signed Ovechkin game-worn gloves.

Throughout his career, Ovechkin has shared his admiration for the sport of basketball and its athletes. Ovechkin has long admired Bryant and his commitment to his sport and felt privileged to have met him on several occasions. Ovechkin's mother, Tatyana, played professional basketball in the Soviet Union and won Olympic gold medals with the national team in 1976 and 1980.

Wizards items in the auction included 15 autographed Wizards black City Edition jerseys lettered "Bryant" with either the number 8 or 24 that players wore during warmups before their game on Jan. 30. Wizards players and Chairman Ted Leonsis honored Bryant in a tribute video that played prior to the game against Charlotte.

Bryant and his daughter Gianna, along with seven others, passed away in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26. Bryant, who retired from the NBA in 2016, spent his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers. With the Lakers, Bryant won five championships, was named NBA Finals MVP twice and the NBA's MVP in 2007-08.

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