The press release, from the office of José Huizar, Councilmember from the 14th District:
City of Los Angeles to Declare 8.24 ‘Kobe Bryant Day’
Kobe Bean Bryant, one of the greatest basketball players of all time, will be honored Wednesday with a L.A. City Council Resolution by Councilmember José Huizar, along with Council President Herb Wesson and Councilmember Curren Price
LOS ANGELES, August 22, 2016 – Councilmember José Huizar, Council President Herb Wesson and Councilmember Curren Price, will honor Lakers’ great Kobe Bean Bryant at its City Council meeting Wednesday by declaring August, 24, 2016, “Kobe Bryant Day” in the City of Los Angeles. Bryant, who retired last season by scoring 60 points in his final NBA game, amassed 33,643 points (3rd all-time) in a 20-year career with the Lakers, along with five NBA titles, 18 All Star appearances and an NBA MVP. An international megastar, Bryant leaves a legacy as one of the Lakers’, and indeed, the NBA’s all-time greats. The August 24th date commemorates the two numbers (8 and 24) Kobe Bryant wore during his career with the Los Angeles Lakers, the longest for any NBA player with a single franchise.
Kobe Bryant will also be recognized for his philanthropy. Along with his wife, Vanessa, the Bryants created the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation (KVBFF), which is dedicated to improving the lives of youth and families in need, and encouraging young people to stay active through sports. In order to make a measurable impact on the critical issue of youth homelessness, KVBFF partnered with a number of Los Angeles-based organizations including Step Up on Second, My Friend’s Place and United Way. Bryant has served as the honorary chair of United Way of Greater Los Angeles’s annual HomeWalk. He also volunteers his time to Make-A-Wish Foundation, NBA Cares and The Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and serves as an ambassador for After-School All-Stars.
“Among his astonishing list of accomplishments, Kobe Bryant’s 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers ranks him No. 1 all-time for NBA players who played for a single franchise, and ‘Kobe Bryant Day’ is the City of Los Angeles’ way of thanking him for his single-minded dedication to excellence, the fans and the entire City and region of Los Angeles,” said L.A. City Councilmember José Huizar. “For 20 years, we were all the beneficiaries of Kobe’s incredible talent and legendary work ethic, and on 8-24 we’ll gather to say, ‘Thank you, Mamba.’”
WHO: Kobe Bryant; Councilmember José Huizar, Council President Herb Wesson, Councilmember Curren Price
WHAT: Kobe Bryant Day in the City of Los Angeles
WHEN: 10 a.m., Wednesday, August 24, 2016
WHERE: Los Angeles City Hall – Council Chambers, 3rd Floor
200 N. Spring Street (enter building on Main St.)
Los Angeles, 90012
Photos by Claudia Gestro