The city of Los Angeles has declared August 24, 2016 “Kobe Bryant Day” to celebrate the storied career of the recently retired Lakers legend.
The date (8/24) represents the two numbers Bryant wore during his 20 seasons in Los Angeles.
“Among his astonishing list of accomplishments, Kobe Bryant’s 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers ranks him No. 1 all-time for NBA players who played for a single franchise, and ‘Kobe Bryant Day’ is the City of Los Angeles’ way of thanking him for his single-minded dedication to excellence, the fans and the entire City and region of Los Angeles,” L.A. city councilmember Jose Huizar said in a statement.
“For 20 years, we were all the beneficiaries of Kobe’s incredible talent and legendary work ethic, and on 8-24 we’ll gather to say, ‘Thank you, Mamba.’”
— Jose Huizar (@josehuizar) August 23, 2016
In addition to Bryant’s on-court success, the city will recognize him for his philanthropy. Particularly, the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation, which is “dedicated to improving the lives of youth and families in need and encouraging young people to stay active through sports.”
The timing couldn’t be any better, as Bryant celebrated his 38th birthday on Tuesday, August 23.