The resolution named all nine victims of the crash and said the day will honor Bryant’s legacy “by engaging in community building, helping young people in need, encouraging aspiring youth to follow their dreams, and living by Bryant’s words: ‘The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do,’” according to the Los Angeles Times.
During the meeting, supervisor Don Wagner said the resolution “is a good reminder that an individual’s life should not be judged by its worst day,” seeming to acknowledge the NBA player’s 2003 sexual assault case.
“Kobe Bryant’s life, like that of each one of us who ever lived, presents things of note to celebrate and to condemn,” Wagner said. “Kobe Bryant, again like all of us, faced challenges, challenges of his own making and challenges thrown at him by life. He overcame them. Today, we celebrate the effort in overcoming those challenges.”
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“So we strike a balance, and on balance here the good as reflected in the resolution brought forward by the chairman is absolutely worth celebrating,” he added.
The vote from the Orange County supervisors comes four years after the neighboring Los Angeles County similarly voted to make Aug. 24 Kobe Bryant Day.
“Among his astonishing list of accomplishments, Kobe Bryant’s 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers ranks him No. 1 all-time for NBA players who played for a single franchise, and ‘Kobe Bryant Day’ is the City of Los Angeles’ way of thanking him for his single-minded dedication to excellence, the fans and the entire City and region of Los Angeles,” L.A. City Councilman Huizar said in a statement in 2016, the LA Times reported.
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