Kobe Bryant Day is celebrated on August 24 not only in Los Angeles, but all over the world by all basketball and NBA fans. This is a day of remembrance for the NBA star and Los Angeles Lakers player, also known as the “Black Mamba.” For his family and all the fans, he forever remains 41 years old, and his second daughter Gianna (Gigi, Mambasite, as her family and friends also called her) – forever 13.
On January 26, 2020, Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, along with six other family friends, tragically died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. In honor of Kobe’s memory and impact on the community, the Orange County Board of Supervisors voted to declare August 24 as Kobe Bryant Day. The date of the holiday is symbolically chosen as 8/24, representing the two jersey numbers that Kobe wore during his career with the Lakers.
- In December 2017, Kobe’s team retired both of his jersey numbers, making him the first player in Lakers history to have two numbers retired in his honor.
- Kobe has six NBA records and five championship titles.
- He was a fan of the AC Milan soccer team.
- In 2007, Kobe and his wife Vanessa founded the KVBFF Family Charitable Foundation to support young athletes.
- In 2018, Kobe won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.
How to take part
Visit the Staples Center, where the Lakers play, and take a look at the Kobe Bryant statues outside the arena. Share your memories and photos of Kobe Bryant on social media with the hashtag #KobeBryantDay. Watch his highlights and famous games. If you’re a basketball player, try to emulate his moves on the court. Remember to support the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation which provides financial assistance to young athletes and promotes sports safety.
When is Kobe Bryant Day celebrated in 2024?
Kobe Bryant Day is observed on August 24 each year.