So Much More than a Champion

Kobe Bryant serves as Honorary Chair of the 2011 HomeWalk with 10,000 walkers dedicated to ending homelessness.

Statement by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas on the Passing of Kobe Bryant

“This is devastating news and my condolences go out to the entire Bryant family and the loved ones of all lost in this tragic and horrific accident.

“Kobe wasn’t just collectively our region’s favorite NBA player who won five NBA championships for the Los Angeles Lakers. He was so much more than that. He was a cultural ambassador, an icon even on a team and city known for its icons. He inspired the hearts and minds of millions. His legacy will be remembered not only for his pursuits on the court as one of the best, but off the court as a father, an entrepreneur, a producer, and an important voice to end homelessness whose will to succeed symbolized the victory of the human spirit. Our collaboration on HomeWalk to end homelessness will continue to inspire.  He will be missed dearly.”

“To the families of all the lives lost today, know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God hold you during this extremely difficult time.”

The colors of the Grand Park Fountain have been changed to purple and gold, in remembrance of Kobe Bryant. Photo credit: @grandpark_la