Governor Wolf Announces New East Coast Nihon Kohden America Facility in Lehigh County, Creation of New Jobs

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Economy,  Jobs That Pay Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that Nihon Kohden America, Inc., a manufacturer, developer, and distributor of medical electronic equipment, will establish a new facility in Allentown, Lehigh County, and create at least 27 new, high-paying jobs.“Nihon Kohden America’s decision to establish its East Coast facility in Allentown is great news for Pennsylvania,” Governor Wolf said. “The commonwealth’s strategic location makes it a prime spot for businesses to expand and support their growing customer base.”Nihon Kohden America will expand operations and establish a 7,000-square-foot facility in Allentown, South Whitehall Township to provide technical and product support to key installations along the East Coast, and support biomedical training classes for consumers.The company plans to invest at least $445,000 on the project, which will include tenant improvements, the purchase of equipment, and training for new employees. Nihon Kohden America has also committed to creating 27 new, full-time jobs and the retention of 11 current positions over the next three years.“We are always looking for ways to improve the level and quality of service and support we provide to our customers because we know that every minute counts when it comes to patient care,” said Dr. Wilson P. Constantine, CEO of Nihon Kohden America. “Initially our new Allentown facility will serve as a second U.S. technical support call center, increasing access to our knowledgeable support staff; and in the future we will have the ability to add other functions as customer needs dictate.”Nihon Kohden America received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes $81,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits, a $75,000 Pennsylvania First Program grant, and $22,950 in WEDnetPA funding for employee training.The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation.Founded in Japan in 1951, Nihon Kohden is the leading manufacturer, developer, and distributor of medical electronic equipment, with subsidiaries in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. The company’s products are now used in more than 120 countries, and it is the largest supplier of electroencephalography products worldwide. A pioneer in transformational healthcare technology, Nihon Kohden has envisioned, designed and produced revolutionary devices, such as pulse oximeters, arrhythmia analysis, low-invasive blood volume monitoring and wireless patient monitoring. In the U.S., the company is a trusted source for patient monitoring, sleep assessment, neurology and cardiology instrumentation solutions, and has been recognized by MD Buyline for the highest customer satisfaction among U.S. hospitals and health systems for 36 consecutive quarters. The company’s newest facility will complement its west coast-based facility allowing for a rapid response to customers across all U.S. time zones.For more information about Nihon Kohden, visit www.nihonkohden.com and www.nkusa.comFor more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED visit www.newpa.com.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf February 11, 2016center_img Governor Wolf Announces New East Coast Nihon Kohden America Facility in Lehigh County, Creation of New Jobslast_img read more

UWF Volleyball Completes Regular Season Undefeated in the Conference

first_imgUWF Volleyball Completes Regular Season Undefeated in the Conference Share Nov. 3, 2007 Box Score  PENSACOLA, Fla. – The West Florida Volleyball team finished conference play with a 12-0 record, after defeating Montevallo 30-20, 30-18, 30-23 Saturday afternoon at the UWF Fieldhouse. The Argos now 29-4 overall will be the number #1 seed going into the Gulf South Conference Tournament, which starts on Friday in Searcy, Arkansas. “It’s amazing,” claimed Junior Kimberly Clark, “it’s something new for me and the program.” This is the first Argonaut Volleyball team to complete the season undefeated in conference.The Argonauts had total command of the match vs. Montevallo, as the Falcons biggest and latest lead any game was at 3-1 in the third game, but UWF scored eight of the next nine points and was never threatened. Clark and Chelsea Wilhoite helped the Argos off to a quick start, as both had four kills in game one. Isabela Gualberto did most of the damage in game two with six kills, and Luciana Rapach finished off the Falcons in game three with five kills. Ten different Argonauts recorded a kill, as the offense was spread around to everyone.What makes the Argonauts such a good team this year39 Kimberly Clark had this answer, “It’s about being a family on and off the court, some great coaching, and coaches that make us feel comfortable.” Danielle Spitzer added, “Its’ eye opening, we get better every day, and it’s neat, because we improve each day. I get chills just thinking about it.”In today’s match, Gualberto and Montevallo’s Katy Handrick led the way with 10 total kills. Madeline Gonzalez, with 24 assists, and Rapach with 10 assists, did a great job setting up the Argo attackers. Meanwhile, Jerica Carter led the defense with 11 digs. Montevallo’s Cami Johnson led everyone in the match with 13 digs. The loss dropped Montevallo to 11-27 on the season, and 4-8 in the conference.West Florida is set to play Ouachita Baptist on Friday at 2:30 pm in the opening round of the Gulf South Conference tournament. Senior Danielle Spitzer was excited about the 12-0 conference record, “It’s unbelievable, our team is performing so much better than I expected. I’m very excited and trying to stay mentally prepared for the conference tournament.” Spitzer added her thoughts on how to win the conference tournament, “It will take discipline, no team can be overlooked, and we just have to stay together and have fun.” Junior Kimberly Clark added her comments on the conference tournament, “We have to play every game with confidence, and play every game like it’s the National Championship, because if we lose we go home.””It’s absolutely amazing” claimed Freshmen Chelsea Wilhoite when asked how it felt to go 12-0 in the conference. She added that to win the tournament, “It will take everybody, we are going to have some good practices coming up, and when everyone comes ready to play, and is on their game, then there is no stopping us.”The Argos have been virtually unstoppable in conference play this year, and seven different players have been awarded a conference player of the week honor during the year. The depth and overall strength of the Argonaut Volleyball team is apparent, as they have set team records for most wins in a season, and most conference wins. It looks like other accomplishments may yet to come.Spitzer and Gualberto have both had outstanding performances down the stretch as the Senior leaders, and along with Sarah Harrison, who is a true team player, the Argos are losing three quality people following this season. Freshmen Chelsea Wilhoite commented on losing the seniors, “It will be hard, because they are our big hitters, but I have a feeling that coach will bring in some good hitters to join our team.”The unblemished conference record of 12-0 didn’t come easy, as the Argos had to go on the road to beat West Georgia, who had won 17 in a row and took a 2-1 on the Argos. The Argos pulled out the come-from-behind win, and then went to West Alabama and knocked off the then unbeaten (18-0) Tigers in a thrilling 3-1 win. Finally, the Argos were down 0-2 to West Georgia at home and clawed back to keep the undefeated dream alive. Clark recalled the most exciting point of the season, “The West Alabama match on the road. It was our biggest battle with a lot of fans. We brought a bus load of fans and it was a close match.”With the regular season conference matches completed, the next task is the conference tournament. The tournament is in Searcy, Arkansas on November 9th and 10th. All West Florida matches will be broadcast on stretch internet. The opening match is Friday, Nov. 9th at 2:30 pm, and the opponent is Ouachita Baptist. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Springers gymnasts place at States

first_imgGymnasts from Springers Gymnastics pose after competing in the Maine USA Gymnastics State Championship last weekend. Back row (left to right): Maddie Nida, Kajsa Brown-Morrison, Syra Gutow, Elena Springer, Paige Sawyer; middle: Megynn Lord, Gilly Rice, Ellie Kane, Molly Jennings, Ashly Emerson; front: Aliayah Washburn, Genevieve Muise, Mercedes Ulichny, Kaela Springer, Riley Crowley.PHOTO COURTESY OF DOUG SPRINGERWATERVILLE — Fourteen gymnasts from Springers Gymnastics competed in the Maine USA Gymnastics State Championship last weekend.“This year, we had more girls qualify and compete in the USA Gymnastics Championship than ever before,” said Springers Gymnastics coach Doug Springer. “We had a great season, and great meet.”The team competed against 10 gyms from across the state in Levels 3 through 6. Springers’ sole Level 7 gymnast, Gilly Rice, was sidelined with an injury late last week.Meet highlights include Level 3 gymnasts Molly Jennings scoring a meet-high score and first place finish with 9.75 on bars, and Kaela Springer taking second on vault.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“Our girls did a great job this weekend, against excellent teams at all levels,” Springer said. “We had several girls exceed their season goals and reach their highest scores so far.”The team will compete in the YMCA State Championship on April 18 and 19.last_img read more

Kobe Bryant memorial set for Feb. 24 at Staples Center

first_imgA public memorial for Lakers star Kobe Bryant and eight others killed in a helicopter crash will be held on Feb. 24 at Staples Center, a person with knowledge of the event confirmed to Southern California News Group.The memorial will honor Bryant, who is best known for his 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers. Also killed in the Jan. 26 crash in Calabasas was his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna Bryant; John, Keri and Alyssa Altobelli; Sarah and Payton Chester; Christina Mauser and Ara Zobayan, who were on their way to a basketball tournament at Bryant’s Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks. Gianna’s team was coached by Bryant.PreviousMister Alek, an LA based muralist came to Long Beach to memorialize Kobe Bryant on a wall behind his friend’s barber shop on Tuesday, January 28, 2020. Mister Alek said he considers himself a Kobe fan more than a basketball fan admitting that he only watched games during Kobe’s career. The artist started painting Sunday night and was just putting on the finishing touches Tuesday. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram/SCNG)Staff PhotographerLos Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James’ hand is seen with a wrap that features Kobe Bryant’s number on it during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Rockets won 121-111. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Fans gather at a memorial for the late Kobe Bryant in front of Staples Center in Los Angeles Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020. A public memorial service for Bryant and the eight others killed in a Jan. 26 helicopter crash will be held at Staples Center on Feb. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsUC Riverside’s Dominick Pickett played with a memorial to Kobe Bryant on his sneakers during the Highlanders’ 61-48 loss to Cal State Fullerton in a Big West Conference basketball game in Fullerton on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Thousands of Kobe Bryant fans converge outside Staples Center to honor the former Lakers player who died Sunday, January 26, 2020 in a helicopter crash near Calabasas, Calif. He was 41. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)Thousands of Kobe Bryant fans converge outside Staples Center to honor the former Lakers player who died Sunday, January 26, 2020 in a helicopter crash near Calabasas, Calif. He was 41. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)Orange Coast College baseball players Zebadiah Storie, left, Oscar Favela, center, and Enrique Morales pause at a memorial remember baseball coach John Altobelli in Costa Mesa CA, on Monday, Jan 27, 2020. Altobelli, his wife Keri Altobelli and their daughter, Alyssa Altobelli, all died in a helicopter crash with Kobe Bryant on Jan. 26, 2020. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)Crystal Gonsalves, 24, mourns the loss of Kobe Bryant at a make shift memorial outside the gates of the housing development where he lived in Newport Beach, CA on Monday, January 27, 2020. “Being a mother, being a sister and being a daughter you know family can be gone from one second to another,” she said. Kobe Bryant and 8 others died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas a day earlier. (Photo by Paul Bersebach, Orange County Register/SCNG)Friends and classmates of Alyssa Altobelli grieve as the look at photos of Alyssa during a vigil at Mariners Park in Newport Beach on Thursday, January 30, 2020. Alyssa and her parents, John and Keri Altobelli, were among the 9 who died in the helicopter crash in Calabasas that killed legendary Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, 13. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)Hundreds of students, parents and friends gather for candleight vigil for Alyssa Altobelli in Mariners Park in Newport Beach on Thursday, January 30, 2020. Alyssa and her parents, John and Keri Altobelli, were among the 9 who died in the helicopter crash in Calabasas that killed legendary Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, 13. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)A fan stands while wearing a Kobe Bryant Jersey during the second half of an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 129-102. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Lakers guard Kobe Bryant hugs San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich before an NBA game on Feb. 6, 2016, in San Antonio. One of the hardest parts of learning that Bryant had died last month in a helicopter crash, Popovich said, was his aura of invincibility. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)A mural honoring Kobe Bryant and eight others, who died in a helicopter crash on Sunday, Jan. 26, has appeared at Mt. Vernon Plaza in San Bernardino on Tuesday Feb. 04, 2020. (Photo by Milka Soko, Contributing Photographer)A mural honoring Kobe Bryant and eight others, who died in a helicopter crash on Sunday, Jan. 26, has appeared at Mt. Vernon Plaza in San Bernardino on Tuesday Feb. 04, 2020. (Photo by Milka Soko, Contributing Photographer)Fans gather at a memorial for the late Kobe Bryant in front of Staples Center in Los Angeles, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020. Bryant, the 18-time NBA All-Star who won five championships and became one of the greatest basketball players of his generation during a 20-year career with the Lakers, died in a helicopter crash Sunday, Jan. 26. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)Street vendors sell Kobe Bryant t-shirts outside Staples Center as Kobe fans continue to come to the area to see Kobe’s memorial which was being dismantled on Monday, February 3, 2020. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Crews behind a screened fence remove Kobe Bryant’s memorial at L.A. Live on Monday, February 3, 2020 as a few scattered items are left around Staples Center. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Crews remove Kobe Bryant’s memorial at L.A. Live on Monday, February 3, 2020 while messages left for Kobe remain on a construction fence across from Staples Center.(Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)A couple heads to Kobe Bryant’s memorial at L.A. Live not knowing crews were removing Kobe’s memorial on Monday, February 3, 2020. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Crews behind a screened fence remove Kobe Bryant’s memorial at L.A. Live on Monday, February 3, 2020 as a few scattered items are left in front of Staples Center. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Gary Law, of Hong Kong, leaves cards at a Kobe Bryant memorial in front of Staples Center on Monday, February 3, 2020 as crews remove Kobe’s memorial at L.A. Live. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Prayer beads hang from a fence in front of Staples Center as crews remove Kobe Bryant’s memorial at L.A. Live on Monday, February 3, 2020. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)The Catalina Island Company has illuminated the iconic Casino with nine alternating purple and gold lights in remembrance of those who passed away in the January 26 helicopter crash in Calabasas. Purple and gold represent the team colors of the Los Angeles Lakers, whose former star Kobe Bryant was among those lost. The nine lights pay tribute to the eight passengers and pilot, Ara Zobayan, who had deep Catalina connections, and made a significant impact on many residents and visitors during his frequent flights to the island. (Photo by Catalina Island Company)Mile marker 24 in the Surf City Marathon pays homage to Lakers Kobe Bryant in Huntington Beach, CA on Sunday, February 2, 2020. Bryant died in a helicopter crash last week with seven others. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)Jerry Knox finishes the Surf City Half Marathon wearing the late Kobe Bryant’s jersey number in Huntington Beach, CA on Sunday, February 2, 2020. Knox says he wore Kobe’s jersey in 2009 when he broke a Guinness World Record by bouncing a basketball while running the marathon. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)MIAMI, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 02: The San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs observe a moment of silence to honor former NBA player Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna Bryant, prior to Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium on February 02, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Utah players wear shirts with No. 24 on the back in honor of late Los Angeles Lakers player Kobe Bryant while warming up prior to an NCAA college basketball game against UCLA in Los Angeles, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)A Los Angeles Lakers fan displays a sign in memory of Kobe Bryant during the second half of the Lakers NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Sacramento, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. The Lakers won 129-113. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Photos of Christina Mauser on display as hundreds gather for a candlelight vigil held for Christina Mauser, one of the victims of the helicopter crash on Sunday, January 26, that also killed Kobe Bryant and seven others, at the Huntington Beach Pier in Huntington Beach on Saturday evening, February 1, 2020. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)People bow their heads during a moment of silence as hundreds gather for a candlelight vigil held for Christina Mauser, one of the victims of the helicopter crash on Sunday, January 26, that also killed Kobe Bryant and seven others, at the Huntington Beach Pier in Huntington Beach on Saturday evening, February 1, 2020. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)Hundreds gather for a candlelight vigil held for Christina Mauser, one of the victims of the helicopter crash on Sunday, January 26, that also killed Kobe Bryant and seven others, at the Huntington Beach Pier in Huntington Beach on Saturday, February 1, 2020. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)A group of girls hold candles as hundreds gather for a candlelight vigil held for Christina Mauser, one of the victims of the helicopter crash on Sunday, January 26, that also killed Kobe Bryant and seven others, at the Huntington Beach Pier in Huntington Beach on Saturday evening, February 1, 2020. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)Hundreds gather for a candlelight vigil held for Christina Mauser, one of the victims of the helicopter crash on Sunday, January 26, that also killed Kobe Bryant and seven others, at the Huntington Beach Pier in Huntington Beach on Saturday, February 1, 2020. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)United States fans hold up purple and gold as well as the numbers twenty four and eight during the twenty fourth minute to honor the late Kobe Bryant during the first half of an international friendly soccer match at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif. on Saturday February 1, 2020. The United States defeated Costa Rica 1-0. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)LeBron James, second from right, Quinn Cook, far right, and the rest of the Lakers try to contain their emotions while watching a video tribute to former Laker Kobe Bryant before Friday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center. Friday’s game was the first for the Lakers in nearly a week, and it was preceded by a series of emotional tributes. After the game, they spoke to the media for the first time since the death of Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others in a helicopter crash on Sunday. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Janis Fok takes a photo of a sculpture at the Cerritos Sculpture Garden as The City of Cerritos illuminates the garden in gold and purple lights on Friday, January 31, 2020 in memory of basketball legend and former Laker Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and the seven other passengers who died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas on January 26. (Photo by Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson wears a Kobe Bryant tribute helmet during warmups for the team’s NHL hockey game against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Lakers (l-r) Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Quinn Cook and LeBron James show their emotions during a pregame tribute to Laker great Kobe Bryant at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Friday, January 31, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Laker LeBron James #23 during a pregame tribute to Laker great Kobe Bryant at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Friday, January 31, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Aaron Lau, left, along with artist Aaron Kai carry a cutout of Kobe Bryant outside of LA Live across from Staples center where the Los Angeles Lakers will honor Kobe Bryant and those who died in a helicopter crash prior to a NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, January 31, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)A Kobe Bryant Nike shoe hangs over a memory board outside of LA Live across from Staples center where the Los Angeles Lakers will honor Kobe Bryant and those who died in a helicopter crash prior to a NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, January 31, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Jose Ojeda along with Eileen Ruelas of San Gabriel watches the pre game ceremony honoring Kobe Bryant on tv screens at Tom???s Urban outside of LA Live across from Staples center where the Los Angeles Lakers prior to a NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, January 31, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)A Kobe Bryant Nike shoe hangs over a memory board outside of LA Live across from Staples center where the Los Angeles Lakers will honor Kobe Bryant and those who died in a helicopter crash prior to a NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, January 31, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Lakers (l-r) Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Quinn Cook, LeBron James and Anthony Davis show their emotions during a pregame tribute to Laker great Kobe Bryant at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Friday, January 31, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Laker LeBron James speaks during a pregame tribute to Laker great Kobe Bryant at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Friday, January 31, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Lakers players are show their emotions during a pregame tribute to Laker great Kobe Bryant at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Friday, January 31, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Laker Anthony Davis wears Kobe Bryant’s number as he takes the court at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Friday, January 31, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Singer Usher performs “Amazing Grace” during a Kobe Bryant tribute at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Fans begin arriving for the Lakers/Trailblazers game and Kobe Bryant tribute at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Thousands have left flowers, hats, t-shirts, shoes written notes and signed memory boards outside of LA Live across from Staples center where the Los Angeles Lakers will honor Kobe Bryant and those who died in a helicopter crash prior to a NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, January 31, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Thousands have left flowers, hats, t-shirts, shoes written notes and signed memory boards outside of LA Live across from Staples center where the Los Angeles Lakers will honor Kobe Bryant and those who died in a helicopter crash prior to a NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, January 31, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Thousands have left flowers, hats, t-shirts, shoes written notes and signed memory boards outside of LA Live across from Staples center where the Los Angeles Lakers will honor Kobe Bryant and those who died in a helicopter crash prior to a NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, January 31, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Thousands have left flowers, hats, t-shirts, shoes written notes and signed memory boards outside of LA Live across from Staples center where the Los Angeles Lakers will honor Kobe Bryant and those who died in a helicopter crash prior to a NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, January 31, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Thousands have left flowers, hats, t-shirts, shoes written notes and signed memory boards outside of LA Live across from Staples center where the Los Angeles Lakers will honor Kobe Bryant and those who died in a helicopter crash prior to a NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, January 31, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Staples Center is ready for the first Lakers game since the death of Kobe Bryant. All seats have #24 or #8 jerseys in them for the fans. (Scott Varley/SCNG)Singer Usher takes a moment in the seats covered with Laker jerseys with Kobe Bryant’s number 24 at the Staples Center before the Laker game on Friday, January 31, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Artist Levi Ponce, known for his urban murals, paints with his crew a mural dedicated to the memory of L.A. Lakers legend Kobe Bryant on First Street at N. La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles on Wednesday, January 29, 2020. Ponce expects the mural to be complete on Sunday. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)The Carvana tower along the 405 Freeway is lit up purple and gold days after the death of Kobe Bryant in Westminster, CA, on Wednesday, Jan 29, 2020. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)A pregame ceremony honoring Kobe Bryant and the other victims of the helicopter crash that claimed their lives before the Kings vs. Lighting game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Wednesday, January 29, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Kobe Bryants jerseys are illuminated during Kings vs. Lighting game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Wednesday, January 29, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Landmarks like the fountains at Grand Park and City hall have been bathed in Lakers’ purple and gold to honor the legacy of Kobe Bryant on January 28, 2020. (Photo by John McCoy, Contributing Photographer)Landmarks like the fountains at The Music Center in front of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion have been bathed in Lakers’ purple and gold to honor the legacy of Kobe Bryant on January 28, 2020. (Photo by John McCoy, Contributing Photographer)LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 28: Fans leave condolence message on boards to pay their respects to Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, 13, at a memorial set up outside of Staples Center on January 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Kobe his daughter Gianna, were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash on January 26 in Calabasas, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 28: Fans shoot baskets at a memorial wall near Staples Center in honor of former NBA great Kobe Bryant who, along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, died January 26 in a helicopter crash, on January 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Kobe and “Gigi” were among nine people killed in the crash in Calabasas, California as they were flying to his Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, where he was going to coach her in a tournament game. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 28: Fans continue to pay their respect to Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, 13, at a memorial set up outside of Staples Center on January 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Kobe his daughter Gianna, were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash on January 26 in Calabasas, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)Landmarks like the fountains at Grand Park and City hall have been bathed in Lakers’ purple and gold to honor the legacy of Kobe Bryant on January 28, 2020. (Photo by John McCoy, Contributing Photographer)Landmarks like the fountains at Grand Park and City hall have been bathed in Lakers’ purple and gold to honor the legacy of Kobe Bryant on January 28, 2020. (Photo by John McCoy, Contributing Photographer)People mourn Kobe Bryant outside of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, January 28, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)People mourn Kobe Bryant outside of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, January 28, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)People mourn Kobe Bryant outside of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, January 28, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)People mourn Kobe Bryant outside of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, January 28, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)People mourn Kobe Bryant outside of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, January 28, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)People mourn Kobe Bryant outside of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, January 28, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)People mourn Kobe Bryant outside of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, January 28, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)People mourn Kobe Bryant outside of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, January 28, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)This photo provided by Pacific Park on the Santa Monica, Calif., Pier shows their Ferris wheel in Los Angeles Lakers purple and gold colors with Kobe Bryant’s No. 24 in honor of the former Lakers star who died with several others in a helicopter crash in Southern California on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. (Pacific Park via AP)Laker fans gather in front of a mural of Kobe Bryant on the 1300 block of Lebanon Street across from the LA Convention center in Los Angeles Monday, January 27, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)A young boy gets his photo taken at a mural of Kobe Bryant behind 8906 Reseda Blvd. in Northridge, CA. on Monday, January 27, 2020. (Photo by Dean Musgrove, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Mister Alek, an LA based muralist came to Long Beach to memorialize Kobe Bryant on a wall behind his friend’s barber shop on Tuesday, January 28, 2020. Mister Alek said he considers himself a Kobe fan more than a basketball fan admitting that he only watched games during Kobe’s career. The artist started painting Sunday night and was just putting on the finishing touches Tuesday. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram/SCNG)Staff PhotographerLos Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James’ hand is seen with a wrap that features Kobe Bryant’s number on it during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Rockets won 121-111. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 78Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James’ hand is seen with a wrap that features Kobe Bryant’s number on it during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Rockets won 121-111. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandA public memorial has been anticipated for Bryant, whose death at 41 sent shockwaves throughout the region and the world. NBA players and anonymous fans alike wept openly when his death was reported on Sunday, Jan. 26, and murals and signs throughout the globe have stood as monuments to Bryant’s influence as a cultural figure.The memorial is set to take place on a day when the Clippers host the Memphis Grizzlies at 7:30 p.m. The game is expected to go on as scheduled, meaning the memorial is almost certain to start in the morning. It will be held on a day between Lakers home games, which will be on Feb. 23 (Boston) and Feb. 25 (New Orleans). The Lakers and Staples Center have held off officially announcing the event out of respect for the Bryant family. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe date has some sentimental significance taking place on 2/24, which is a combination of Gianna’s and Kobe’s jersey numbers, respectively. Gianna Bryant’s jersey was retired by Harbor Day School in Corona del Mar on Thursday.Before clearing an impromptu shrine that inhabited L.A. Live on Monday, droves of mourners had left basketballs, balloons, candles, flowers, jerseys and more outside of Staples Center, where Bryant won five NBA championships. Fans have been urged to donate to MambaOnThree.org rather than bring more gifts and flowers.Bryant’s widow Vanessa had requested some items, which were to be cataloged and shipped to the family. Flowers will be composted and spread around plants near Staples Center.Staples, which opened in 1999, has played host to other memorials, including for singer Michael Jackson in 2009 and, last year, for rapper Nipsey Hussle. Bryant, who joined the NBA straight out of high school in 1996, played for the Lakers at the Forum for three seasons.The Associated Press contributed to this story.last_img read more