Orange County Declares August 24th Kobe Bryant Day

Orange County supervisors have voted to make August 24 Kobe Bryant Day in honor of the late basketball star, who lived in Newport Beach, California, People Magazine reports.

August 24 was chosen because it features the two jersey numbers, 8 and 24, Bryant wore during his 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers. The date is also one day after his birthday.

County Board Chairwoman Michelle Steel said Bryant was a “treasured member of our community” who “inspired so many men and women to pursue their dreams and never give up,” according to a recording of the Tuesday board meeting.

Bryant died on January 26 in a tragic helicopter crash that also killed his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others — Payton Chester, 13, Sarah Chester, 46, Alyssa Altobelli, 14, Keri Altobelli, 46, John Altobelli, 56, Christina Mauser, 38, and pilot Ara Zobayan, 50.