Orange County supervisors voted to officially declare Aug. 24 as “Kobe Bryant Day” in the Southern California county where the NBA icon resided.
CBS Sports reports Aug. 24 was chosen due to the fact that Bryant wore the numbers 8 and 24 during his basketball career while playing with the Los Angles Lakers.
As we previously reported, Bryant died back in January when his helicopter crashed into a hillside in Calabasas while en route to his daughter Gianna’s basketball tournament. Seven others, including Gianna, were also tragically killed in the crash.
Orange County Board chairwoman Michelle Steel suggested “Kobe Bryant Day.” Steel mentioned that that the NBA legend was a “treasured member of our community” and “inspired so many men and women to pursue their dreams and never give up.”
According to the Orange County Register, Steel is a lifelong Lakers fan and even was almost forced to give birth while at The Forum because she was in attendance of a Lakers game. The Orange County Board felt that honoring Bryant with a day was a fitting tribute.
“Kobe Bryant’s life, like each one of us who ever lived, presents moments to celebrate and to condemn,” supervisor Don Wagner told CBS LA. “Kobe, like all of us, faced challenges, challenges of his own making and challenges thrown at him by life, that he overcome. Today, we celebrate the effort in overcoming those challenges. So we strike a balance, and on balance here the good recognized in the resolution brought here is worth celebrating.”