Councilmember José Huizar and his colleagues honored Lakers’ great Kobe Bryant at the 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.
The Council also recognized Kobe Bryant 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.