Huntington Beach, Calif.—Rep. Michelle Steele (R-Huntington Beach) has introduced a congressional resolution to designate August 24, 2021 as “Kobe Bryant Day” to honor the late Lakers star, who died in a helicopter crash on January 26, 2020. had died in
“Kobe Bryant uses his platform to inspire millions and help children around the world achieve success and strive for greatness. On August 24 we should remember Kobe, celebrate his life and encourage the next generation to dream big like Kobe,” said Steele.
Bryant lived in Orange County, which was within the 48th Congressional District represented by Steele. The date August 24 was chosen to represent the two identical numbers worn by Bryant with the Lakers: 8 and 24.
Last year, Steele led a successful effort to get a similar August 24 resolution passed locally, when she was chair of the Orange County Board of Supervisors.
In his congressional resolution, Bryant cited the work he has done in the community in addition to his athletic achievements, including the Bryant Family Foundation, founded by Kobe and his wife Vanessa.
“With a mission to help youth in need, encourage the development of physical and social skills through sport, and assist the homeless.”
He also founded the Black Mamba Sports Academy “to connect aspiring athletes with experts to help them achieve their goals.”
Bryant’s career was not without controversy. He was accused of raping a 19-year-old hotel clerk in Edwards, Colo., on June 30, 2003. Prosecutors had charged him with felony assault, but later dropped the case after the alleged victim refused to testify.
The woman began a civil suit against Bryant, which was eventually settled out of court in March 2005.
In 2016, shortly after his retirement, the Los Angeles City Council declared August 24 Kobe Bryant Day in Los Angeles. Bryant attended the council ceremony with his wife and daughters.
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