Vanessa opened up recently in a special People interview about how her late husband Kobe and daughter Gianna—who both died in a tragic helicopter crash in January 2020 alongside seven others—still keep her inspired to move forward.

“Lying in bed crying isn’t going to change the fact that my family will never be the same again,” Vanessa said in the interview. “But getting out of bed and pushing forward is going to make the day better for my girls and for me. So that’s what I do.”

Vanessa also recently relaunched the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation, a nonprofit which carries forward Kobe and Gianna’s vision of building a world where young women have equal opportunity to chase their dreams, both in sports and in life.