Mariah Bird, Adopted Daughter Of Larry Bird: What Does She Do? Family And Relationship

By Aarone Hernandez | Published on: February 2, 2024 | Updated on: February 2, 2024
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Mariah Bird’s course of life changed after the NBA legend Larry Bird adopted her as a toddler. Now, she is famous as the daughter of the 3-time NBA champ, Bird, considered one of the greatest basketball stars of all time.

No denying that she’s become an echoed name as an NBA player’s family member; Mariah calls the retired NBA player Larry and his second wife Dinah Mattingly her parents. What’s she doing now? Did she get into the basketball? This article gives you insights into everything about the well-known celebrity child.

Key Takeaways:

  • Mariah is the adoptive daughter of retired NBA champ Larry Bird and his second wife Dinah Mattingly.
  • She graduated from Indiana University, Bloomington, with a Bachelor of Science and Recreation in tourism, hospitality, and event management.
  • She managed special initiatives and served as the event planner of PS&E.
  • Bird has an adoptive brother Conner Bird and an elder sister Corrie Bird, from her father’s previous marriage.
  • Her grandfather, Joe Bird, committed suicide on February 3, 1975.

Who Is ?

Mariah is one of three children (one of the two adopted kids) of the former NBA player-turned-coach and executive Larry Bird, and his current wife Dinah Mattingly.

Even if she got her recognition as an event manager, the fame of her adoptive father overshadowed hers, hence she became known as Bird’s brood.

When Was She Born? What Is Mariah’s Age?

Born in January 1993, in Indianapolis, Mariah was adopted when she was a toddler. As of 2024, she is 31 years old. Probably, it’s not wrong to say that her adoption by Larry came as a “blessing in disguise.” Nothing about her biological parents is out.

Mariah Is An Indiana University Alum

She is a graduate of Indiana University Bloomington with a Bachelor of Science and Recreation degree in Tourism, Hospitality, and Event Management.

What Does She Do?

Bird has worked as the manager of event activations and venues at Pacers Sports & Entertainment (PS&E) since 2019. Earlier, she was an event coordinator and special projects at the aforementioned company.

Having interned there as an undergraduate, she has association ever since she joined as an event coordinator in 2014.

Is Not The Only Child Of Larry Bird

Among three kids of the NBA legend, she is the youngest one. Along with Mariah, Larry adopted another child, a son named Connor Bird, the middle child, born in July 1991.

Moreover, she has an elder sister, Corrie Bird, born on August 14, 1977, from her father’s relationship with his now ex-wife Janet Condra.

Elder Sister Corrie Is A Health Care Manager

Mariah’s older sister Corrie Bird works in health care management at Clay Community Schools (August 2021- now). She is a graduate of Indian State University from where she obtained her Bachelor’s in Business Administration in 2009 and then an MBA in Healthcare Management Specialty in 2011.

Corrie Bird, the biological daughter of Larry Bird with his ex-wife Janet, is married to Trent
Mariah’s sister Corrie Bird with her husband Trent

As reported, Corrie is now a married woman and lives with her husband Trent Baston (tied the knot on May 17, 2008) in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Bird’s Older Brother Faced An Arrest, Why?

Her brother Conner Bird, was accused of attempting to kill his love interest back in 2013. He allegedly attempted to hit his fiancée with his automobile, according to TMZ.

Mariah's brother Connor bird now lives a content life out of media's eye
Connor Bird is the older brother of Mariah Bird

Although he was sentenced to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine for a Class A misdemeanor, the court gave Bird a chance to turn his life around and postponed his punishment for 12 months as long as he complied with all of the requirements set down by the court.

Mariah’s Adoptive Mother Is The Second Wife Of Her Father

Dinah Matthingly, the adoptive mother of Mariah, is the second wife of her father Larry Bird. They married on September 30, 1989, at a friend’s house after being longtime boyfriend & girlfriend. It’s been more than three decades since their marriage.

The parents that adopted Mariah were Larry bird and Dinah Mattingly
The parents of Mariah Bird, Larry Bird, and Dinah Mattingly

Her dad Larry, a one-time divorcee, was previously in a marital relationship with his then-wife Janet Condra. The former duo walked down the aisle in 1975 and divorced one year later.

More On Family: Bird’s Grandfather Committed Suicide

According to reports, Joe Bird, Mariah Bird’s grandfather, committed suicide on February 3, 1975. According to Indianapolismonthly.com, Larry’s father allegedly contacted his then-ex-wife, said that the family would be better off without him, and then shot himself in the head after hanging up.

Joe Bird was said to be an alcoholic and could not pay his part of the child support. Larry also talked about his father’s demise stating,

“I sort of always felt my dad gave up on not only himself but us kids, I still had two younger brothers at home and a mom. That’s the way I looked at it then, and the way I look at it now. It was a shock. I was shocked. But just like anything else, life goes on.”

Is Married?

No, Mariah is not married yet, but the possibilities are, that she is in a romantic relationship. However, the celebrity child does not like talking about her dating life out in public. In addition, nothing about her boyfriend or relationship ever made highlights in the media.

How Much Is Mariah’s Net Worth?

Mariah makes a lot of money managing events, but she hasn’t yet disclosed how much money she has. Her estimated net worth is around $400k. Meanwhile, her retired NBA star father, Larry Bird, boasts a net worth of $75 million as of 2024.