Tuesday, December 7th, 2010 at 11:40 am  |  28 responses

Lower Merion High School Naming Gym After Kobe Bryant

Kobe‘s name will grace the walls of his old high school gym, after he donated a nice chunk of change to the school district. The Philly Inquirer reports: “A school official said Monday that the district had sold nearly all of the 1,100 tickets for Bryant’s Dec. 16 appearance at the dedication of the gymnasium bearing his name. This year, Bryant, the perennial all-star and face of the Los Angeles Lakers, donated $411,000 to the Lower Merion School District. The gift, the largest ever to the district, is to help fund ‘a series of inspirational, interactive, and educational displays’ at the newly completed, $100 million high school. The school board voted to name the gym after Bryant, citing not just his donation but a history of support for the school, whose Aces basketball team he led to a state championship in 1996. Bryant recently agreed to help raise more money by attending the dedication on a week when the Lakers come to town to play the 76ers on Dec. 17.”

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  • Drew

    That’s cool.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Nice gesture by Kobe as well as the Lower Merion School District.

  • Josh

    I love hearing about guys supporting their schools and towns, very nicely done Mr. Bryant.

  • amir

    $100 million high school?

  • http://www.slamonline.com NickthaQuick

    Good gesture giving back to the school that helped make him who he is today. How long before a SLAM commentor finds something negative to say about this. My guess, not very long.

  • arjae828

    not hating, but didn’t Wilt Chamberlain attending this school?

  • Hammer

    Nice story. Its bout time. Props 2 KB8

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  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Cosign amir. 100 mil high school? Wow!

  • amir

    no hate, because it is admirable that he gives back, but does a 100 mil school really need a 411k donation for displays? share at least some of that for afterschool care, books & computers for the schools in the innercity.

  • Jackie Moon

    @arjae828 – Wilt Chamberlain went to Overbrook High School, which is also in Pennsylvania.

  • Jackie Moon

    Overbrook is also in Philadelpia, like Lower Merion High

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    While genereous, Kobe’s contribution has fine print reading “This money will only benefit kids who refuse groupwork and do everything themselves on projects.”

  • JTaylor21

    amir is right, why not use that on the education side not only on sports. Not everyone is going pro.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    The proceeds are to go to the Education Foundation of Lower Merion, a nonprofit formed four years ago to provide a new funding stream for the district. It’s not just going to athletics. Read before you criticize.

  • Jackie Moon

    @Anton – Exceptions will be made if you have someone else help you, but you get most of the credit?

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    No doubt, I make my group better by pushing them away.

  • Remo Williams

    @Jtaylor… read the article again… where does it say that the “series of inspirational, interactive, and educational displays” are being used for sports?

    chalk 1 up to idiocy

  • Pugz

    It’s the way it should be. Go Kobe.

  • ab40

    wow already?! in year 15 of his career? and donating to a school and an area that is one of the richest in the area. wow thumbs up kobe

  • T-Money

    Nice! I have no idea how much building a school costs but 100 mil is a pretty sizeable chunk of change.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Kobe doing Work!!!

  • http://kb24.com DreXnaW21

    he deserves it, after all he did win a championship for that school

  • PlanetAsia14

    Way to go Kobe, you deserve it.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    ab40 is correct. its a 100mil school. what do they need kobes 411k for? give it to those who really need it. wtf does a display do anyhow?

  • Jackie Moon

    Kobe can do no right.

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  • dro

    some of ya’ll niggas just come on here to hate on dude. if ya’ll dont like him why you reading shit about him and writing negative shit on the comments. no life. smh