|Posted:||January 27, 2020 11:38 AM|
|From:||Representative Stephen Kinsey and Rep. Tim Briggs, Rep. Mary Jo Daley, Rep. Brian Kirkland, Rep. Margo L. Davidson, Rep. Jason Dawkins, Rep. Jordan A. Harris, Rep. James R. Roebuck, Jr.|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Honoring the Life and Legacy of Kobe Bryant|
|Kobe Bryant loved basketball. These four words may compile a simple statement, but it emulates a poignant truth: Kobe was a person whose entire life was devoted to the game of basketball. Beginning at just three years old, Kobe worked tirelessly to be remembered as one of the best players to ever play and, at 41 years old, that truth is evident.
Born in Philadelphia, PA, Kobe Bryant attended and played at Lower Merion High School where he set countless records and helped win the school’s first ever state title. His athleticism, leadership, and determination made him a valuable prospect for NBA teams and, in 1996, Kobe Bryant eventually found his way onto the Los Angeles Lakers.
From there, history tells all. In Kobe’s 20 season long career with the Lakers, he became a five-time NBA Champion, a two-time Finals MVP, an 18-time NBA All-Star, and won countless awards and achievements for his record-breaking performances. Upon retiring, Kobe pursued other interests with the same intensity and focus he had when he first began playing basketball. He wrote a best-selling book titled “The Mamba Mentality,” became an Academy Award winner when his film, “Dear Basketball,” won the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film in 2018, and worked tirelessly as a philanthropist trying to give back to others the way the game of basketball gave to him.
Kobe Bryant is arguably one of the greatest sports icons in history. Although the circumstances of his death alongside many others, including his daughter, Gianna Bryant, is tragic, we should celebrate and honor his legacy and all he has done to impact not only the game of basketball, but the world as a whole.
We ask that you please consider co-sponsoring this legislation and honor the life and legacy of Kobe Bryant.
Introduced as HR724