The city of Los Angeles has declared that August 24th will be “Kobe Bryant Day.” The announcement was made Monday night, and will cleverly honor both numbers (No. 8 and No. 24) worn by Bryant during his 20-year NBA career.
While the Black Mamba accomplished many feats on the basketball court, including helping to bring five championships to Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant Day is meant to recognize his philanthropy. This includes the creation of the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation (KVBFF), which focuses on “improving the lives of youth and families in need, and encouraging young people to stay active through sports,” as well as serving as honorary chair of United Way of Greater Los Angeles’s annual HomeWalk, and as the ambassador for After-School All-Stars.