Veterans park renamed the gymnasium after the late Kobe Bryant on February 21.
The “Kobe Bryant Gym” is meant to honor Bryant, but to also establish a strong work ethic to the youth that trains there. This gives them a reason, an inspiration to help them guide them forward and embrace their inner mamba.
“When kids come here, and they see the Kobe Bryant gym, I’m hoping that children from Carson will take special pride to know that Kobe played on this very gym, shot baskets right here just like them,” Carson Mayor Albert Robles said to CBSLA.
Many athletes found inspiration to begin training again in the gym.
“I thought it was pretty cool. They had a picture of Kobe and the workers posted in the lobby,” senior and volleyball player James Ulugalu said.
People also have had their own differing opinions about the gym being renamed.
“I feel like it’s a good way to remember him,” junior Christian Lim said.
Bryant’s passing put all of Los Angeles, old and young, in a depressed state. Renaming the gymnasium after the icon lifted the spirits of the people who idolized him. Everybody has their story about Bryant.
Going to the new Kobe Bryant Gym now gives the gym a greater meaning.