Kobe Bryant just keeps on winning. This past Saturday, the Lakers Legend was honored at the 2020 Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards.
Bryant was awarded the Governor’s Award for his “philanthropy, community building, and inspiration that extended beyond the basketball court.”
The Emmy’s describes this award as “presented to an individual, company, or organization that has made an outstanding, innovative, and visionary achievement in the arts, sciences, or management of television as well as a substantial contribution to the greater Los Angeles area.”
Recognizing his legacy of philanthropy, community building & inspiration extending beyond the basketball court, the Governors Award goes to @KobeBryant. Legendary composer & friend John Williams accepts the award on behalf of the Bryant family at the #LAEmmys sponsored by @KIA. pic.twitter.com/xaC784aeHS
— Television Academy (@TelevisionAcad) July 19, 2020
Although the awards show was done virtually, the award was accepted by legendary composer and longtime friend to Kobe, John Williams. If are unfamiliar with Williams (and it is kind of sad if you are), just watch a Star Wars film and listen to the music scores. You’re welcome. It was said that Spectrum SportNet, who broadcasts the Lakers games, nominated Bryant for the prestigious honor.
“Following his storied NBA career, Bryant continued to inspire others with his passion, purpose and goodwill through countless charitable contributions in the greater Los Angeles and Southern California communities. He championed a number of worthy causes and critical issues, becoming an ambassador for women’s basketball, a mentor and youth advocate, and raised awareness of homelessness in Los Angeles.”
Just some FYI on some of Kobe’s work, but did you know that he has granted over 200 wishes to kids and their families via The Make-A-Wish foundation?! That is a crazy number if you think about it. That’s almost a day a year of wishes for these kids!
This award outside of basketball is not Kobe’s first. Back in 2017, he won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film “Dear Basketball”