Kobe Bryant had a huge impact on the community and while he lived in Newport Beach, he was a "treasured member of our community,'' who "inspired so many men and women to pursue their dreams and never give up.'' This is why it only makes sense for Kobe to have his own day. Orange County supervisors voted to declare August 24th as Kobe Bryant Day. Orange County Board Chairwoman Michelle Steel explains that they chose this date because Kobe was born on August 23rd and wore the numbers 8 and 24 during his days with the Lakers. Supervisor Don Wagner says,
"Kobe Bryant's life, like each one of us who ever lived, presents moments to celebrate and to condemn. 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. If the bad in any life were to forever disqualify'' then no one would be able to celebrate "the good.'' So we strike a balance, and on balance here the good recognized in the resolution brought here is worth celebrating."
Kobe Bryant passed away in a helicopter crash on January 26th that also killed his daughter and seven others.
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