Kobe Bryant has brought the city of Los Angeles five NBA championships and more clutch baskets than one can remember to the full extent. It’s only fitting that the city is now going to recognize Kobe in an illustrious ceremony as Bryant will become the first athlete to be recognized at the world renowned Grauman’s Chinese Theater. Kobe, like the celebrity stars among the glitz and glamor of Hollywood, will have his foot and hands imprinted over All-Star weekend.
We have all the details in the following press release regarding the ceremony.
KOBE BRYANT SET TO BE THE FIRST ATHLETE TO HAVE A HAND AND FOOTPRINT CEREMONY AT HOLLYWOOD’S LEGENDARY GRAUMAN’S CHINESE THEATER CEREMONY AND STAR STUDDED AFTER PARTY TO TAKE PLACE, AS PART OF THE 2011 NBA ALL STAR WEEKEND EVENTS IN LOS ANGELES
Los Angeles (January 20, 2011)‐Legendary Los Angeles Lakers’ shooting guard Kobe Bryant is set to become the first athlete to have a hand and footprint ceremony at the world renowned Grauman’s Chinese Theater on February 19, 2011. The ceremony will take place during the City of Los Angeles’ hosting of the NBA All Star Weekend festivities and will be followed later that evening with a lavish star studded gala event for Bryant, 1,200 VIP guests and select members of the public.
“To be a part of such elite company is a tremendous honor. I’m proud to be the first athlete to be recognized,” stated Bryant.
Jeru Tillman of Southfield Village Entertainment stated, “Today’s athletes are among the best known and most talented entertainers in the world. We are pleased Kobe will be honored for the many years of enjoyment he has given us on the basketball court.”
Mr. Bryant has been named Most Valuable Player of the NBA finals for the past two years, and has won five NBA championships in his career. He has twice been the NBA scoring champion and was part of the gold medal winning U.S.A. Basketball Men’s National Team at the 2008 Olympics.Throughout his 14‐year career, Mr. Bryant has become a pillar in the world wide philanthropic community specifically dealing with children’s charities. He has enjoyed a long relationship with St. Jude’s Hospital, After School All Stars, The Boys & Girls Club of America and has granted more wishes than any other NBA athlete to children with life threatening medical conditions via the Make–A‐Wish Foundation. Through his Kobe Bryant Family Foundation and the Kobe China Fund, he has sponsored Hispanic and African American children with scholarships, leadership grants and cultural exchanges allowing them to learn Mandarin and martial arts as well as donated for the relief efforts of victims of the Schezuan earthquake.
Mr. Bryant will join over 200 stars including Marilyn Monroe, Brad Pitt, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Will Smith, Harrison Ford and John Wayne who have had their hand and footprint ceremonies.
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