Cashmere varsity player Hailey Van Lith reflects on Kobe Bryant’s passing

Kobe Bryant poses with the Cashmere varsity girl's basketball team.

CASHMERE, Wash. — It was a difficult day for millions of athletes and fans around the globe, learning of the death of Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna. Cashmere High School varsity girl’s basketball player Hailey Van Lith was close to Bryant, training with him over the summer.

“I am at a loss for words,” she wrote on Instagram, “Never have I seen a passion for life burn so bright in two individuals.”

Van Lith graduates at the end of the school year, and has committed to Louisville, where she will attend next season.

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