Kobe Bryant: A Champion of Giving Off the Court

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Kobe Bryant was 41 years old and in the prime of his life when he died yesterday. But his legacy lives on–and we’re not talking about his basketball legacy, there is a legacy off the court that many people don’t know. In a sport where many players are high profile and traded – or opt to enter free agency to earn a few extra million dollars – Bryant stuck around at the Lakers for his whole career.

In being the ultimate superstar, both of his jersey numbers – 8 and 24 – have deservedly been retired by the Lakers, with Bryant the franchise’s all-time record points scorer.

Kobe – nicknamed the Black Mamba during his career – also wrote a series of kid’s books and even won an Oscar for his short film Dear Basketball in 2018.

Besides being the fierce competitor, Kobe had an ultra-generous side that wasn’t as well-known after his retirement. He helped a number of organizations and personally helped individuals like frequently inviting current NBA stars to his