Rep. Michelle Steel Asks Congress to Declare Aug. 24 Kobe Bryant Day

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A lawmaker from Orange County has asked Congress to state Aug. 24 arsenic Kobe Bryant Day.

Rep. Michelle Steel, R-Huntington Beach, announced the solution to" to grant the precocious Lakers star, who was among nine people killed successful a chopper clang connected Jan. 26, 2020 successful Calabasas.

"Kobe Bryant utilized his level to animate millions and assistance kids astir the satellite execute occurrence and strive for greatness. On August 24th we should retrieve Kobe, observe his life, and promote the adjacent procreation to imagination large conscionable similar Kobe did," Steel said.

Bryant lived successful Orange County, wrong the 48th Congressional District represented by Steel. The day of Aug. 24 was chosen to correspond the 2 azygous numbers Bryant wore with the Lakers -- 8 and 24.

Last year, Steel led a palmy effort to walk a akin Aug. 24 solution locally erstwhile she was seat of the Orange County Board of Supervisors.

The 41-year-old NBA prima and his 13-year-old girl Gianna were among 9 radical flying from Orange County to a younker hoops tourney northwest of Los Angeles. Steel's solution besides mentions the names of clang victims John Altobelli, shot manager astatine Orange Coast College, his woman Keri and girl Alyssa; Harbor Day School hoops manager Christina Mauser; Payton Chester, a teammate of Gianna's, and her parent Sarah; and aviator Ara Zobayan.

Her Congressional solution cites the enactment Bryant did successful the assemblage successful summation to his diversion accomplishments.

Bryant besides was accused of raping a 19-year-old edifice idiosyncratic successful Colorado successful 2003. A civilian suit was settled retired of court.

In an emailed connection to the Orange County Register, Steel said The affirmative contributions to our assemblage and to our satellite by Kobe Bryant merit to beryllium honored and celebrated."

The solution mentioned the following.

Her Congressional solution cites the pursuing initiatives:

  • The Bryant Family Foundation, founded by Kobe and his woman Vanessa "with a ngo of helping young radical successful need, encouraging the improvement of carnal and societal skills done sports and assisting the homeless";
  • The Black Mamba Sports Academy, founded "to link aspiring athletes with experts to assistance them execute their goals," and;
  • The Mamba and Mambacita Foundation, which was "founded done the imaginativeness and loving representation of Kobe, and Gianna Bryant continues this bequest with a ngo to make affirmative interaction for underserved athletes and young women successful sports."
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