Over the last several seasons, Kobe has continued to show that he is the best basketball player in the world, evidenced by last season's MVP award.
As impressive as he has been on the court, I am more impressed by his off-the-court initiatives. Kobe has done a remarkable job of remodeling his image since his issues in Colorado a few years back. He's come back out of that protective shell to reveal that multi-million dollar smile.
However, his smile pales in comparison to the smiles I have seen him produce on the faces of countless youngsters all over the world. From LA to Beijing, kids love Kobe and he seems to genuinely love them right back.
If he's not donating money and equipment to various causes, he's giving something even more valuable--his time!
Check out this story from the Chicago Tribune about a recent visit by Kobe to a Chicago after-school program.