Los Angeles Lakers all-star guard Kobe Bryant made strides with 10,000 people for the sixth annual “HomeWalk to End Homelessness” through the streets of downtown L.A. Bryant served as the honorary chair at the event that led participants on a 5K walk. The black mamba took to his Facebook to show his excitement:
“Great day yesterday! Home walk was a huge success and I thank you all for your involvement in this great commitment to end homelessness. This is a year round battle and this issue requires a lot of patience, understanding, selflessness and persistence. From the bottom of our KVBFF hearts we thank you!!”
Bryant has stated in the past that homelessness in L.A. is an issue he is particularly passionate about, citing the numerous homeless individuals he sees every time he is at Staples Center.
Over the past five years, HomeWalk has raised $2.2 million and moved 12,000 individuals into permanent housing, organizers said. According to United Way statistics, 51,000 people are still homeless in Los Angeles County, 9,000 of which are veterans.