Vice Chancellor Contributes to Discussion on the Death of Kobe Bryant

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The basketball legend Kobe Bryant died Sunday in a helicopter crash; an event that has shaken the world of sports. Dr. Sandeep Gopalan, Vice Chancellor of Piedmont International University wrote an editorial column on the Khaleej Times discussing five great lessons that we can learn from Kobe’s life. From the article:

Kobe Bean Bryant is no more. Many play sport and a few achieve greatness in sport, but only the rarest of the rare transcend sport to illuminate the human condition.

Kobe was one of the rarest – achieving first-name recognition the world over, a la Oprah, Barack, and Beyonce. Kobe Bryant’s 33,643 points, 18 All-Star appearances, 5 NBA titles, and the $320 million he earned directly from basketball are not the defining parts of his legacy. Black Mamba’s impact on the world was beyond anything that could be measured in dollars or rings: for millions of people as distant from the City of Angels as the Philippines to China, to Italy and India, he exemplified the highest aspirations and potential of the human spirit on the court and off the court since his retirement in 2016. Here are some of the lessons from Kobe’s brief but storied life.

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