Kobe Bryant public memorial is set for Monday, February 24th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. There is significance in the date, which reflects the basketball jersey numbers worn by Kobe (No. 24) and Gianna (No. 2). We can not forget the seven lives that were also lost as well, Payton Chester, Sarah Chester, Alyssa Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, John Altobelli, Christina Mauser and the helicopter's pilot, Ara Zobayan.
The Staples Center which is known as "The House that Kobe Built" would only be the most fitting place to have his public memorial. Ticket information has not yet been released and more details are to come.
I have to admit I didn't know much about Kobe other than he was married with children and he played basketball for the Lakers. After doing some research, I learned that Kobe impact extended far beyond the court. His foundation called "Step Up" targeted homelessness in Los Angeles. The Step up foundation was launch along with his Vanessa. “We’re going to attack this, because for our youth to be out there stranded in the street feeling like there’s nobody else that could support them or help them or give them guidance to be able to follow or achieve their dreams is weak,” said Kobe. He also was involved with an organization called "My Friends." Kobe wanted to give to young adults who didn't have a vision to see how bright their future could truly be.
Kobe and Gianna will truly be missed by their loved ones and our country has suffered a great loss. The memories we have of Kobe will show some how he loved his family, his heart for giving and the love of basketball.
Do you remember the game when Kobe stuck his tongue out like Jordan? Take a look at the video below.