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Fathers Pay Tribute to Kobe Bryant With Now Viral Hashtag, #Girldad

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Fathers from around the world are paying tribute to Kobe Bryant in possibly the most powerful way we have seen yet. Through the now-viral hashtag #girldad, fathers everywhere are sharing photos of themselves alongside their daughters—themselves becoming a living embodiment of the role Bryant took most seriously: the role of fatherhood.

It’s no secret that Bryant adored being a father to all girls, even nicknaming himself “Girl dad.” A name he wore with pride.

That is why the trending hashtag #girldad so perfectly represents the heart of a man and father that we are all grieving the loss of. A father who perished alongside his daughter, and alongside other adoring fathers. The heartbreak of it all still too real.

In honor of this truth, here are a few of our favorite #girldad posts (warning, some will require tissues!) in honor of Bryant’s most important legacy.

From celebrities to the average Joe, these men showed up.

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Blessed to be a #GIRLDAD

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#girldad I LOVE YOU SHAI

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He never expected to be a #girldad. He comes from a LONG line of males and he’s a guy’s guy through and through, but I’ll tell you what, he’s acing the job. ⠀ ⠀ From the moment our first daughter was born, he was smitten. He’s embraced every moment, getting WAY out of his comfort zone on all the “girl things” that have come his way. ⠀ ⠀ From the very beginning, he would relish the chance to cuddle and snuggle. Those moments still bring him a special kind of peace to this day. Case in point. 👆🏼⠀ ⠀ As they became toddlers, he’d pick outfits and put their hair in ponytails. He could have left that for me, but he just did it. No questions, no complaints. ⠀ ⠀ Now, he plays card games with them, does art projects with them, and creates moments for them that will become lifelong memories, like taking them skiing or teaching them the fine art of beating the boys in backyard whiffle ball. ⠀ ⠀ They tolerate his dad jokes and he unabashedly does his version of a cartwheel or a sassy photo pose just to hear their giggles. ⠀ ⠀ And when I hear him ask one of them about a specific skill they are working on in gymnastics, a sport that he is learning for the very first time in real-time, it makes my heart melt because I know that staying connected with them and being interested in their interests is so important to him.⠀ ⠀ While he’s definitely the “fun parent”, he also brings them comfort in his own special way and I know that their bond will be unbreakable no matter what life throws our way. ⠀ They have a special connection with him, the kind you can only have with your dad. It’s unique and it’s unmatched and I’m grateful for every day they have together. ⠀ ⠀ Here’s to the #girldads of the world and all the #daddysgirls who steal their hearts and fill them with pride.

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