Congresswoman Michelle Steel introduced a resolution in Congress to honor legendary Lakers player and Orange County resident Kobe Bryant, who passed away in a tragic helicopter crash in January 2020.
Kobe Bryant was a beloved member of our Orange County community and used his platform to inspire millions around the world.
— Rep. Michelle Steel (@RepSteel) July 26, 2021
According to a press release issued by Congresswoman Steel’s office, “Rep. Michelle Steel (CA-48) announced the introduction of a congressional resolution to designate August 24, 2021 as “Kobe Bryant Day,” in honor of the basketball legend who tragically passed away last year. Bryant was an Orange County resident and lived in the 48th Congressional District with his family. August 24th (8/24) honors Bryant’s two numbers during his 20 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, 8 and 24.”
Her resolution also honors other victims of the helicopter crash that claimed Bryant’s life, including his daughter Gianna Bryant. In addition to his basketball career “together with his wife Vanessa, Bryant founded the Bryant Family Foundation with a mission of “helping young people in need, encouraging the development of physical and social skills through sports and assisting the homeless.”
Congresswoman Steel told reporters that, “Kobe Bryant used his platform to inspire millions and help kids around the world achieve success and strive for greatness. On August 24th we should remember Kobe, celebrate his life, and encourage the next generation to dream big just like Kobe did.”
During her time as Chair of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, Steel introduced a resolution naming August 24th as Kobe Bryant Day. The resolution was passed unanimously by the Orange County Board of Supervisors.