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File #: 200111    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 1/30/2020 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 1/30/2020
Title: Celebrating the lives of Philadelphia area native and basketball phenom, Kobe Bryant, and that of his daughter Gianna Bryant, upon their tragic passing and honoring a distinguished legacy of athletic excellence and off-court leadership.
Sponsors: Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Gauthier, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Thomas, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Gilmore Richardson, Councilmember Oh, Councilmember O'Neill, Council President Clarke
Attachments: 1. Signature20011100
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Celebrating the lives of Philadelphia area native and basketball phenom, Kobe Bryant, and that of his daughter Gianna Bryant, upon their tragic passing and honoring a distinguished legacy of athletic excellence and off-court leadership.
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WHEREAS, Kobe Bean Bryant was born in 1978 to 76ers star Joe "Jellybean" Bryant and his wife Pamela Cox. Kobe grew up in Italy where his father played basketball and returned to the US to play basketball at Lower Merion High School; and
WHEREAS, By the time he was a senior, Kobe's basketball star power was well known. He led Lower Merion to a state championship in 1996 and pledged to go straight to the NBA draft out of high school; and
WHEREAS, Kobe Bryant spent his entire record-shattering basketball career with the LA Lakers. He led the team to victory in five championships during his twenty-year career in the NBA. Drafted in the same year as Allen Iverson, Bryant even dominated a rivalry with his hometown, winning a championship over the Sixers in 2001; and
WHEREAS, Kobe Bryant's legendary status is nearly unparalleled; his career is one of the most decorated in the history of basketball. In addition to five championships, he was named regular season MVP in 2008, was a two-time Finals MVP, an 18-time NBA All Star and four time All Star MVP; and
WHEREAS, Bryant won two Gold Medals with Team USA at the Olympics in 2008 and 2012. He won an additional Gold Medal in 2007 at the Tournament of the Americas. He is the fourth highest scoring player in the history of the sport, having just been edged out of third place by friend and mentee LeBron James the day before his passing; and
WHEREAS, Bryant will always be remembered for his incredible work ethic, known as the Mamba Mentality. His legacy centers around the desire to, "constantly try to be the best version of yourself and have a constant quest to be better today than yesterday" ; and
WHEREAS, Off the court, Bryant was a successful entrepreneur and investor. In additio...

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