TAMPA, Fla, — One of the largest Kobe Bryant murals in the world is being painted in Seminole Heights.
Measuring 100 by 80 feet, the mural depicting the NBA All-Star and Olympian was unveiled at Seminole Heights Elementary School. It covers the school's entire basketball court.
"Rojo the Artist" said he's been working on it for the past month. He said the project took around 300 hours to complete.
"Kobe to me was an inspiration. He talked about hard work, dedication and sacrifices to be successful in life so I just kind of kept that Mamba mentality during the entire process," he said.
The project was sponsored by the non-profit organization, Tribe Seminole Heights.
Landon Levine and his sister, Joie, took part in the fundraising effort.
They traveled from Parkland to Tampa to take part in the ribbon cutting.
"We love helping kids and we love doing anything for kids so we wanted to do something special that means a lot to us, and who else better than Kobe Bryant on a basketball court?" Landon said.
"He represents to work hard and do your best, so that's why it should motivate kids to do the same," said Joie Levine.
Tribe Seminole Heights founder Kristen Brown hopes it gives students at the school a sense of pride.
"It can become a point of pride for them. It's something special about them. This is a Title 1 school. It's struggling with its school letter grade and we wanted to give them something to help show students anything is possible,” she said. “This is an amazing school. People don't know about it and we hope now they will.”