Tuesday, June 7th, 2011 at 9:20 am  |  29 responses

Kobe Bryant to Help Fight Homelessness in Los Angeles

Bryant and his wife, Vanessa, are setting up a non-profit with the goal being to reduce the number of people living on LA’s streets. From the Times: “Bryant will hold a news conference Tuesday at My Friend’s Place, a nonprofit resource center that offers free emergency services to about 1,600 homeless people a year, according to its website. Bryant will explain the initiatives he has planned to reduce homelessness, create permanent housing and provide educational and career resources, which will include raising funds, improving services and working in conjunction with My Friend’s Place. Bryant’s philanthropic work has proven extensive, ranging from Make a Wish Foundation, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, and Boys & Girls Club of America.”

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  • http://slamonline.com Acclaimed

    Is Kobe gonna jump the homeless?

  • Anthony

    See this is what im talkn bout… MJ neva did anything like this and never will…. But people say Kobe is an as* **** but dnt say it to MJ… WHAT A SHAME……. Kobe will always be better tham MJ….. Better player and person **** JORDAN!!!!!!!

  • http://www.twitter.com/nflem41 Nicolas Fleming

    He just wants a collection of ball boys to rebound his jumpers without paying them.

  • http://nba.com EJ

    The economic disparities are just ridiculous in LA. More rich people should help.

  • http://gmail dirty frank

    Good for you Kobe.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    He’s gonna fight against homeless people,

    What a douche…

  • bull22

    glad to see kobe do something positive other then waste time at the miami heat arena shooting baskets after a loss, or sniping at reporters and fans…

  • Anthony

    Its worse in chicago @ Nicolas

  • Ryan

    @Max exactly man. Kobe’s a well fed highly trained athlete and he’s got to prove his manhood by beating down homeless people? Damn.

    Seriously though it’s cool to see a brother reaching out like this. And MJ does deserve to get called out for not doing more.

  • http://www.nba.com Gman

    @Anthony calm down. This is about Kobe. Not your fetish of “vs” comparisons. btw MJ had donated quite a bit to charities.

    Also, in 2001-2002 didnt he donate his full salary to help victims of September 11 attacks.

    Oh, how quickly we forget.

    Good job KOBE!!

  • Anthony

    Charities are Bull****

  • Oliver

    I like Kobe’s Decision.

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    @Anthony Defending millionaires isn’t my thing, but Jordan, among other players like Iverson and Shaq, all have multiple charities under their names that they don’t push publicity for. Maybe they didn’t do everything they could, but that’s still far from “MJ neva did anything like this and never will.” KB24 was getting tired of seeing so many people sleeping on the sidewalk on his drive to work in his lambo. Good job, change the world.

  • Anthony

    ill say it again ….charites dnt work..

  • tomtom

    Lol props to @anthony, that took balls, u can get crucified on here for comments like that hahaha not sure i ENTIRELY agree though. This is cool, i think some players think doing the ‘nba cares’ crap is enough, its not. The players owe the communities alot so this is nice to see.

  • robb

    @Anthony MJ did plenty of stuff but he didn’t call his agent to tell him about it, he kept that private, he didn’t need anyone applauding him for it.

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    Anthony, I’ve worked for Charities that do work. I’ve also volunteered for them. Did you not get your make a wish? Just because you didn’t get a free check doesn’t mean they don’t work. There’s corruption everywhere. Before taking it out on not-for-profits, try focusing it on the government or school districts. “charities dnt work…” is a blanket statement that you don’t seem to be able to back up.

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    I think his wife has helped out enough.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    “wasting time” practicing his craft. Another Bull22 gem. This guy is a friggin agate mineral mine just waiting to blow his gems to all the world.

  • Ventner Jay

    I wonder if his solution to homelessness is to “Ship them out”.

  • Eddie1

    Pau among the 1600. Duke got shutted out by his unofficial wifey and Kobes found him crying in a cardboard box. Damn hippie.

  • Clarice

    Kudo’s to you Kobe and Mrs. Bryant. Thanks for opening your hearts and wallets up to people who really need it. Go Lakers!!!!

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Kudos, Kobester.
    @ Anthony: Charities don’t work? What charities have you volunteered for or been a part of or even encountered first hand? Charities aren’t the answer to the world’s problems when governments aren’t doing all they can to help, but charities damn sure help A LOT of people.

  • http://Slamonline BossTerry

    I gave a bum $5 once.. I’m not defending bull by any means, But in Barlkey’s book- I could be wrong, but I doubt it; Chucks talks about a time that he gave a homeless guy a few bucks, and Mj got pi$$ed, saying he shouldn’t give the guy any money, but a application for McDonalds instead… Just sayin’.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/officerbarbrady what

    LOL @ the first post. Don’t know how many people got the reference.

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/features/overdribbling chiqo

    [insert shooting percentage joke here]

  • http://Www.slamonline.com MichaelG

    Sounds like Kobes not handing out checks, but providing I’m guessing, services that fill a void among the homeless in LA. Allot of kids I’ve known who were homeless don’t have an I.D. , SSI card, or birth certificate handy. things you need to get any kind of basic help from the state or government. Anthonys comments show that he doesn’t know what it means to be in the gutter. At the bottom, with only one way to go ^ . Some people are able to Overcome tremendous odds, often with just a little help. If you believe you’ve accomplished everything in life on your own, then youre in denial and are missing out on one of the great lessons in life.

  • http://Slamonline BossTerry

    ^cosign.. Getting a (decent) job is very technical these days, paper applications no longer exist. I spent 2 years unemployed after being laid-off, luckly I landed a pretty good job a couple months ago, but I can’t believe the hoops I had to jump thru just to start. A lot of people probably would have given up halfway thru the process.

  • http://nba.com jakub

    hi gabriel