Kobe Bryant joins IOC campaign
LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- Kobe Bryant has joined forces with the IOC to promote a global get-active campaign.
The Los Angeles Lakers star -- a two-time Olympic gold medalist with the U.S. -- posted a video on Friday urging people to take part in sports activities on "Olympic Day" on June 23.
Bryant, who is recovering from surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon, says "I can't run, I can't jump and I can't swim yet, so I need you guys to pick up the slack for me and be doubly active."
Bryant will also sit down with late-night host Jimmy Kimmel for a conversation at the Nokia Theatre on Aug. 15 to raise money toward eliminating homelessness in the Los Angeles area.
"Kobe Up Close" will feature the NBA star talking about his career and sharing some of his favorite stories with Kimmel. Tickets for the event range from $25 to $200.
All proceeds will benefit the Kobe & Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation, which is partnering with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's Sports Spectacular to help underserved communities.
The International Olympic Committee marks an Olympic Day every year to encourage people of all ages and abilities to get active.
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