Plaza In Italy To Be Renamed In Honor Kobe & Gianna Bryant

Kobe Bryant spent his childhood in Philadelphia as well an Italian town of Reggio Emilia home while his father, Joe Bryant, played for Cantine Riunite. One year after Kobe's death, Reggio Emilia, in northern Italy, will dedicate the "Largo Kobe and Gianna Bryant" plaza to Bryant and his daughter.

In a story by ESPN, here is what the vice president of Sport Foundation of Reggio Emilia said:

"The city of Reggio Emilia and its citizens loved, first Joe, and then Kobe Bryant, the child who, once he returned to America, always remembered Reggio with love. "On this sad day we want to remember that happy child who left wonderful memories in so many people of Reggio Emilia."

The plaza will be located in the center of town and will feature a plaque and a new Ginkgo biloba tree in honor of the Bryants. It's a located near the basketball arena of Cantine Riunite. In addition to the plaza dedication, various parts of Reggio Emilia will be lit with the colors of the Los Angeles Lakers and there will be a streaming event titled "Reggiano Forever -- Reggio Emilia remembers Kobe Bryant" on Tuesday.

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