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Kobe Bryant Passes At 41, How He Was Trying To Help Solve This Major Youth Problem

Bruce Y. Lee

Today the world lost Kobe Bryant, not only one of the greatest basketball players of all time but someone who was trying to improve the health of kids around the U.S. and world.

A helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, claimed the lives of the 41-year-old Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven others who have not yet been identified.

While playing for the Los Angeles Lakers from 1996 to 2016, Bryant had earned nearly every basketball accolade that you can think of: a five-time NBA champion, a two-time NBA Finals MVP, the NBA’s Most Valuable Player in 2008, an 18-time NBA All-Star, and a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist. His basketball LinkedIn profile would be ridiculous. The only way Bryant won’t be a first ballot Hall of Famer is if someone somehow misspells his name “Cobee” on the ballot.

But as impressive as his athletic career had been, Bryant hasn’t spent his post NBA career resting on his laurels. No, that wouldn’t be Kobe-esque. Instead, he’s leapt into a bunch of off-court efforts with the same enthusiasm as one of his vintage “Black Mamba” dunks. For example, he wrote and narrated an animated short film entitled Dear Basketball that won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film at the 90th Academy Awards, the first time an NBA player had won such an award.

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