Los Angeles has just awarded former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant his day. Bryant accomplishments on and off the court will be honored on August 24th, 2016 and will be deemed “Kobe Bryant Day”.
The day that he retired, his last game against the Utah Jazz was dubbed by Nike as “Mamba Day”, this one is different and special all in itself as the City will recognize Kobe and his family for all they have done in the community and on the court. Kobe entered the NBA as a teenager but left as the 3rd All-Time leading scorer in NBA history. Bryant played his entire 20-year career in Purple and Gold, winning five championships along the way. But he meant much more to the city of Los Angeles than rings and game-winning baskets.
The works he and is wife did in the LA community is still ongoing with the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation (KVBFF) which is dedicated to helping those less fortunate as they help in youth sports, homelessness, with ties to other organizations like Step up, United Way, Make-A-Wish Foundation and many others.
Kobe has given so much of his life to the city that it’s only right they pay it back by giving one of the greatest athletes and charity supporters in the world an honor he’s so deserving of.
In today’s society while many athletes tend to shed a dark cloud over the world of sports its great to hear when one is honored for doing more when the uniform is off. August 24 will go in not only in Lakers history but the City of Los Angeles. As much as Kobe loves LA, he will never be able to repay the love they have shown him over his career.