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KSL.com readers shared their #GirlDad stories after ESPN sports anchor’s tribute to Kobe Bryant

KSL.com readers shared their #GirlDad stories after ESPN sports anchor’s tribute to Kobe Bryant

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SALT LAKE CITY — Days after the tragic and untimely deaths of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other individuals, people across the country are sharing their memories of the late basketball player.

In a tribute to Bryant, ESPN sports anchor Elle Duncan shared the memory of the one time she met him two years ago at an event in New York.

Duncan was pregnant with her daughter at the time and she remembers Bryant excitedly asking her several questions, including the child’s gender.

“A girl,” Duncan told Bryant, who high-fived her and exclaimed, “Girls are the best.”

Duncan asked Bryant, a father of three girls at the time, for any advice on raising daughters.

“Just be grateful that you’ve been given that gift because girls are amazing,” she recalled Kobe telling her. “I would have five more girls if I could — I’m a girl dad.”

The story has blown up on social media and #GirlDad was the No. 1 trending topic on Twitter in the U.S. for several hours on Tuesday.

After sharing her anecdote about Bryant, Duncan tearfully tells viewers this memory has helped bring some solace to her during this difficult time.

“When I reflect on this tragedy and that half an hour I spent with Kobe Bryant two years ago, I suppose that the only small source of comfort for me is knowing that he died doing what he loved the most — being a dad. Being a girl dad.”

We invited KSL.com readers to share their #GirlDad stories with us. Here's a roundup of some of those stories.

We are no longer accepting submissions as of Wednesday morning. Thanks to all who participated!

Proud girl dad submissions

"I love how she wakes up every morning with the biggest smile to start our days. Born 8/24 last year." — Jay Dee.
"I love how she wakes up every morning with the biggest smile to start our days. Born 8/24 last year." — Jay Dee.

I love any moment spent with my daughters! Why? They share their food with me when we go fishing! PROUD #GirlDad!

–Nile Easton


"It’s the greatest feeling just having this beautiful little soul look at you and melts your heart. The best feeling is having her make your day great with or without her little attitude. ❤️🥰😍 #girldad," — Sean Martinez
"It’s the greatest feeling just having this beautiful little soul look at you and melts your heart. The best feeling is having her make your day great with or without her little attitude. ❤️🥰😍 #girldad," — Sean Martinez

I have my hands full with 5 girls. Ages 10, 8, 6, 3, and 1. I know I can't raise them alone, I have a wonderful wife, has been in it with me since the beginning. I can't begin to express the love I have for each of my daughters. They mean so much to me. Of course, I wish I had sons too, but having only girls really creates an environment in my home that I have grown to love.

–David Farnsworth


"I love being able to have tea parties with two of my favorite girls!!" — Jesse Harrison
"I love being able to have tea parties with two of my favorite girls!!" — Jesse Harrison

I love sharing jokes with my three year old! One day she’ll decide I’m not funny...

–Mike Hughes


"My husband has always been proud to be a #girldad, and we all adore him!" — Jena Sainsbury Burr
"My husband has always been proud to be a #girldad, and we all adore him!" — Jena Sainsbury Burr

My husband is an amazing GirlDad! We have 4 beautiful daughters and each one is so different. He encourages them in their differences and is the most loving and supporting Dad. He’s currently working full time and in a graduate program at the U, but still finds time to attend his girls’ musical performances, sporting events, help with their never-ending school projects, and everything else that comes with 4 busy girls.

–Angela Court


"I love being her dad. I love being able to see her grow up. I love to hear her life experiences. Being her dad is a joy!!!" — Dave Vance
"I love being her dad. I love being able to see her grow up. I love to hear her life experiences. Being her dad is a joy!!!" — Dave Vance

Being a dad to these three young ladies has been the greatest gift in my life...I treasure all the moments I get to coach them, teach them and most importantly learn from them!

–Nate Brazier


"My only child Lindsey. Raised her split time with Mom as single Dad since 2 years old. She’s approx 3 here. This picture shows the trust we had for one another and the joy together. Lost my Lindsey girl at age 29.5 years old in a tragic unforeseen accident 8 years ago. Very special bond Dad and Daughter we had." — Paul Quinby
"My only child Lindsey. Raised her split time with Mom as single Dad since 2 years old. She’s approx 3 here. This picture shows the trust we had for one another and the joy together. Lost my Lindsey girl at age 29.5 years old in a tragic unforeseen accident 8 years ago. Very special bond Dad and Daughter we had." — Paul Quinby

I love sharing their zest for life!

–Rick Barker


"I love watching her dance excitedly when i get home from work or school and then continuing to have a dance party in the kitchen." — Jeffrey Houston
"I love watching her dance excitedly when i get home from work or school and then continuing to have a dance party in the kitchen." — Jeffrey Houston

I love my little angels. They will no doubt do anything they want in this world. I love them to the moon and back. #girldad.

–Bret McCormick


“My heart will never belong to me again because it was stolen by my girls. They teach me humility, love, and to stay young at heart. I thank God every day for their sweet spirits in my life.” — Mike Miller
“My heart will never belong to me again because it was stolen by my girls. They teach me humility, love, and to stay young at heart. I thank God every day for their sweet spirits in my life.” — Mike Miller
"I love to spend time with my girls. being a #GirlDad is a true blessing. i wouldn't want it any other way." — Ryan Brown
"I love to spend time with my girls. being a #GirlDad is a true blessing. i wouldn't want it any other way." — Ryan Brown

I love to spend time with my girls. being a #GirlDad is a true blessing. i wouldn't want it any other way.

–Ryan Brown


"Love my little ladies." - Matthew Curtis
"Love my little ladies." - Matthew Curtis

Love my little ladies.

–Matthew Curtis


"I am a very proud girl dad. She has my heart! I enjoy watching her grow and learn. Everyday she surprises me with something new. I love it!" - Aaron Tuttle
"I am a very proud girl dad. She has my heart! I enjoy watching her grow and learn. Everyday she surprises me with something new. I love it!" - Aaron Tuttle

I am a very proud girl dad. She has my heart! I enjoy watching her grow and learn. Everyday she surprises me with something new. I love it!

–Aaron Tuttle


"Being a girl dad means that you have work cut out out for you, not just while they are little but even after they are on their own, we as fathers are the tree standing tall where our little girls can lean on while going thru harsh times. Being a girl dad means the world to me, every kiss from my little girls tells me that I'm being a good girl dad." - Javier Miranda
"Being a girl dad means that you have work cut out out for you, not just while they are little but even after they are on their own, we as fathers are the tree standing tall where our little girls can lean on while going thru harsh times. Being a girl dad means the world to me, every kiss from my little girls tells me that I'm being a good girl dad." - Javier Miranda

Being a girl dad means the world to me, every kiss from my little girls tells me that I'm being a good girl dad.

–Javier Miranda


"The second my wife and I found our our child was going to be a girl we both cried for joy! I wanted a little girl that I could take to Disneyland to meet all the princesses and to see the magic light up in her eyes. I love reading her books and seeing her eyes light up as she sees each different picture and each time I do a new voice. I will always be her cheerleader with whatever she decides to do in life!" - Colbey Bentley
"The second my wife and I found our our child was going to be a girl we both cried for joy! I wanted a little girl that I could take to Disneyland to meet all the princesses and to see the magic light up in her eyes. I love reading her books and seeing her eyes light up as she sees each different picture and each time I do a new voice. I will always be her cheerleader with whatever she decides to do in life!" - Colbey Bentley

I will always be her cheerleader with whatever she decides to do in life!

–Colbey Bentley



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