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Full Text of HR0031  102nd General Assembly




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2    WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois House of
3Representatives are saddened to learn of the death of NBA
4superstar Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, on January 26,
52020; and
6    WHEREAS, Kobe Bryant was born in Philadelphia,
7Pennsylvania to Joe and Pamela Cox Bryant on August 23, 1978;
8when he was six, his family moved to Italy, and he spent many
9of his formative years there learning Italian and playing
10soccer; he returned to the U.S. during the summers to play in
11basketball summer leagues; he earned national recognition
12while playing basketball at Lower Merion High School in
13Ardmore, Pennsylvania, where he played on the varsity
14basketball team as a freshman; and
15    WHEREAS, Kobe Bryant joined the NBA directly from high
16school and played his entire 20-season professional career
17with the Los Angeles Lakers, his favorite team while growing
18up; and
19    WHEREAS, During his career, Kobe Bryant won five NBA
20championships (2000–2002, 2009, 2010); he was an 18-time
21All-Star, 15-time member of the All-NBA Team, and 12-time
22member of the All-Defensive Team; he was named the 2008 NBA



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1Most Valuable Player and was a two-time NBA Finals MVP; he led
2the NBA in scoring during two seasons, ranks fourth on the
3league's all-time regular season scoring, and ranks fourth on
4the all-time postseason scoring list; he is also a two-time
5Gold Medal Winner with the U.S. Men's Basketball Team (2008
6Beijing, 2012 London); he is widely regarded as one of the
7greatest basketball players of all time; and
8    WHEREAS, Kobe Bryant scored a season-high 60 points
9against Utah in his last NBA game on April 13, 2016, outscoring
10the entire Jazz team 23–21 in the fourth quarter in a Lakers'
11victory; he became the oldest player to score 60 or more points
12in a game at 37 years and 234 days old; and
13    WHEREAS, Kobe Bryant said that he wanted more out of life
14than just a successful basketball career; he married Vanessa
15Laine at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church in Dana
16Point, California on April 18, 2001, and they had four
17daughters, Natalia, Gianna, Vanessa, and Capri; his daughter,
18Gianna, had a passion for basketball, and he enjoyed sharing
19his love of basketball with her; and
20    WHEREAS, Gianna Maria Onore Bryant, also referred to as
21Gigi, was born on May 1, 2006; she considered her Kobe a role
22model and cited him as a reason she wanted to play in the WNBA;
23she played youth basketball for the Mamba Sports Academy,



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1where she was coached by her father; she wanted to play college
2basketball at the University of Connecticut and regularly
3attended UConn, WNBA, and Lakers games with Kobe; she had a
4very close relationship with her father and was usually by his
5side; and
6    WHEREAS, Kobe Bryant was the official ambassador for
7After-School All-Stars, an American non-profit organization
8that provides comprehensive after-school programs to children;
9he also started the Kobe Bryant China Fund, which raises money
10within China for education and health programs; on November 4,
112010, he was part of a group that presented a $1 million check
12to the Call of Duty Endowment, a nonprofit organization that
13helps veterans transition to civilian careers after their
14military service has ended; and
15    WHEREAS, Together with his wife, Kobe Bryant founded the
16Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation, a charity dedicated
17to improving the lives of youth and families in need; the
18foundation supports programs that strengthen communities and
19promote mutual understanding among people around the world;
21    WHEREAS, In 2018, Kobe Bryant became the first African
22American to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film
23and the first former professional athlete to be nominated and



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1to win an Academy Award in any category for his film Dear
2Basketball; on October 23, 2018, his book, The Mamba
3Mentality: How I Play, was published, and most recently, he
4was working on a children's book aimed at inspiring
5underprivileged children; therefore, be it
8we mourn the passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna,
9and extend our sincere condolences to their family, friends,
10and all who knew and loved them; and be it further
11    RESOLVED, That we declare January 25, 2021 as "Kobe Bryant
12Day" in the State of Illinois; and be it further
13    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
14presented to the family of Kobe and Gianna Bryant as a symbol
15of our deepest sympathy.