OC congresswoman introduces resolution to designate Aug. 24 as Kobe Bryant Day

An Orange County lawmaker wants "Kobe Bryant Day" to be recognized all across the country.

Rep. Michelle Steel, R-Huntington Beach, announced Tuesday that she has introduced a resolution to designate Aug. 24 in honor of the Lakers legend, who died January 2020.

"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," Steel said in a statement.

The date of Aug. 24 was chosen to honor Bryant's two jersey numbers -- 8 and 24 -- during his 20 seasons with the Lakers.

Bryant lived within the 48th Congressional District in Orange County, represented by Steel.

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Monday is Kobe Bryant Day in Los Angeles and Orange counties, and fans are honoring the late Lakers star across the Southland.

Last year, the day was celebrated in Los Angeles and Orange counties to commemorate his life. Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas last year.

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