Following Kobe Bryant’s death, a movement was born called #GirlDad. It was inspired by a story ESPN reporter Elle Duncan told shortly after Kobe’s passing. In the story, she mentions she had interviewed Kobe while pregnant and told him she was having a girl. Kobe proudly told her that he felt girls were the best and would have five more daughters if he could because he as a girl dad.
Soon after Elle told that story dads started posting on social media pictures of them with their daughters with the simple hashtag of girl dad.
In honor of fathers day, we here at She Writes sports would like to share sixteen athletes (including Kobe) who are proud girl dads.
Photo Credit: Kobe Bryant Kobe Bryant (NBA) pictured with his wife Vanessa and their daughters Gianna, Natalia, Bianka, and Capri.
Photo Credit: Ryan Howard Ryan Howard (Retired MLB) pictured with his daughters Ariana, Alexandria, and Amora. He also has a son from a previous relationship.
Photo Credit: Jimmy Rollins Jimmy Rollins (Retired MLB) pictured with his daughters Camryn, Logan, and Brie.
Photo Credit: Sara Pitlick Tyler Pitlick (NHL) pictured with his daughters Tatum and Lyla.
Photo Credit: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale Earnhardt Jr (Retired NASCAR driver) pictured with his daughter Isla. Dale and his wife Amy are expecting their second daughter this year.
Photo Credit: Carson Wentz Carson Wentz (NFL) pictured with his daughter Hadley.
Photo Credit: Clayton Kershaw Clayton Kershaw (MLB) pictured with his daughter Cali. Clayton and his wife also have two sons.
Photo Credit: Lauren Oshie TJ Oshie (NHL) pictured with his wife and two daughters Lyla and Leni. TJ and his wife also have a son.
Photo Credit: Bryan Danielson Bryan Danielson (WWE) pictured with his daughter Birdie. Bryan and his wife Brie Bella (Retired WWE) are expecting their gender surprise baby this summer.
Photo Credit: Lexie Realmuto JT Realmuto (MLB) pictured with his wife and daughters Gracie and Willa.
Photo Credit: AJ Pollock AJ Pollock (MLB) pictured with his daughter Maddi. Maddi was born at 24 weeks and is currently in the NICU.
Photo Credit: Alex Morgan Servando Carrasco (MLS) pictured with his wife Alex Morgan (NWSL) and their daughter Charlie.
Photo Credit: Gabrielle Union-Wade Dwyane Wade (NBA) pictured with his wife Gabrielle Union and daughters Zaya and Kaavia. Dwyane has two sons from previous relationships.
Photo Credit: Lexi Brown JT Brown (NHL) pictured with his daughter Lily. JT also has a son named Booker.
Photo Credit: Lauren Rodych Eberle Jordan Eberle (NHL) pictured with his daughter Collins.
Photo Credit: Joc Pederson Joc Pederson (MLB) pictured with his daughter Poppy. Joc and his wife are expecting a little boy this fall.