California Lawmakers Campaign To Make August 24th Kobe Bryant Day

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August 24th could become known as Kobe Bryant Day across the country if a California Republican has her way. Rep. Michelle Steel this week introduced a resolution to name the date in August after the late Los Angeles Laker.

Kobe Bryant died in January of 2020 in a helicopter crash outside Los Angeles that also killed his daughter Gianna and seven others. Bryant was 41.

"Kobe Bryant used his platform to inspire millions and help kids around the world achieve success and strive for greatness,” Steel said in a statement of her legislation, which also includes the names of all the victims of last year's helicopter crash. "On Aug. 24 we should remember Kobe, celebrate his life and encourage the next generation to dream big just like Kobe did.”

Steel, who has described herself as a lifelong Lakers fan, selected the date as a nod to Bryant's two NBA jersey numbers: 8 and 24.

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