What is multi-millionare NBA star Kobe Bryant doing walking around Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles? It’s all part of the Lakers star’s mission to help fight homelessness in L.A. country and help those in need to get back on their feet.
As part of the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation, Bryant released a five-part web series titled “Mission” through TakePart TV, in which he listens to stories of four men affected by homelessness as they try to improve their lives, according to Huffington Post.
In one episode, Kobe visits the four-mile stretch known as Skid Row to get an idea of what it’s like there so he can better understand and help the homeless community.
“When I was walking around Skid Row, the reaction was ‘what are you doing here?’” Kobe reflects in the video. “Nobody comes out here, because nobody cares about what we’re doing down here.”
“You can easily sit back and say ‘well they made their bed and now they have to lie in it,’ but what type of people are we to do that?” he adds. “We all make mistakes, and if you have the ability to be able to lend a helping hand to help somebody get back on their feet…why aren’t we doing it?”
Watch Kobe’s episode of Mission below, and click here to watch the rest of the TakePart TV series.