The late Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant was selected Wednesday as the recipient of the 72nd Los Angeles Area Emmy Governors Award for his legacy of philanthropy, community building and inspiration that extended beyond the basketball court.
The award is 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.
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Bryant was selected for the award by the Television Academy's Los Angeles Area Governors Award committee. He was nominated by Spectrum SportsNet, the regional sports network that carries the Lakers.
Bryant was a legendary fixture on Southern California television screens during his 20 seasons with the Lakers as he helped them to five NBA championships.
The award will be presented at the 72nd Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards July 18. The ceremony will be streamed on Emmys.com beginning at 7 p.m.
The 41-year-old Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others were killed Jan. 26 when their helicopter crashed into a hillside in foggy weather in Calabasas.