U.S. Rep. Michelle Steel of Orange County is asking Congress to permanently designate August 24th as “Kobe Bryant Day.”
Like many in our community and around the world, I was deeply saddened by Kobe Bryant’s tragic passing. As a lifelong @Lakers fan, I’m proud to introduce a resolution that would designate 8/24 as Kobe Bryant Day in celebration of his life and legacy. https://t.co/u4pnKl4bry
— Rep. Michelle Steel (@RepSteel) July 27, 2021
The congresswoman introduced legislation to honor the late basketball legend – who died in a helicopter crash in January last year along with his daughter Gianna Bryant and seven others. Aug. 24th was chosen to pay tribute to the two jersey numbers – 8 and 24 – that Kobe wore during his illustrious 20-season career.
The Orange County Board of Supervisors voted last year to observe Kobe Bryant Day, at the request of Representative Steel – who was serving as board chairwoman at the time.
Rep. Steel now wants the day to go national with the tribute to the Los Angeles Lakers legend who lived in her district – Newport Beach, California.
“Kobe Bryant Day is meant to be observed with ceremonies and activities in furtherance of Bryant’s mission to engage in community building helping young people in need, encouraging aspiring youth to follow their dreams,” Rep. Steele writes in the resolution.