February 2020 \ News \ Basketball legend—A TRIBUTE
California Gurdwara pays unique tribute to Kobe Bryant

Hundreds of Sikh worshippers turned up ...

Hundreds of Sikh worshippers turned up wearing the Lakers colours—purple and yellow—at the Gurdwara Nanaksar in Fresno, California, in a special prayer meet for the late basketball great Kobe Bryant who was killed in a helicopter crash last month, a media report said. While men and children wore Lakers jerseys, many women showed up in the traditional salwar kameez in purple and yellow, The American Bazaar report said earlier this week.

The organizers at the Gurdwara Nanaksar held the prayer meet after it witnessed that many Sikh men and children were affected by the untimely death of the NBA icon, who was a reason they began playing basketball. Some young men from the community showed up at the Gurdwara crying.

Amitoj Singh, a student at Terronez Middle School in Fresno, who attended the prayer meeting said: “The gurdwara authorities thought of organizing a ‘path’ (prayer) for Kobe and others when they saw a young child crying in the Gurdwara. While Kobe was hugely popular across the globe, the Sikh Americans keenly followed him.”

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