Kobe visits Dillard High School with “Venom” Kobe IV
Last week Kobe Bryant unveiled his fourth signature sneaker, the Nike Zoom Kobe IV in front of a live audience online seen by people in more than 75 countries at Westchester High School in Los Angeles, CA. Tonight Kobe will wear the Kobe IV on the court for the first time against the Miami Heat, but yesterday he paid a surprise visit to a school with a storied basketball program, Dillard High School in Broward. Dillard High School holds claim to holding Florida???s 2007-08 Boy???s State Championship, as well as four titles in a row from 2001 – 2004.

To sum up the events that took place at Dillard???s gymnasium – the kids didn???t know what hit them. They were going about their usual practice routines and drills, but an onslaught of unusual court side media and cameras sparked the curiosity of the team. They knew something was happening. And soon enough Kobe stepped in and took the team by surprise. Kobe spoke with the team???s head coach, who after seeing the team run fast towards Kobe – coach jokingly shouted that ???if they could only run this fast on the court, we???d be at a real good place this season.??? Obviously joking because given their impressive drills ran during the practice we observed, the team seems to be in great shape and doing just fine.

Kobe talked with the kids and the media a bit and talked about his newest sneaker release???and???the widely sought ???Venom??? Nike Zoom Kobe IV. Not only that, but Kobe presented his biggest effort to the kids – an opportunity to design their own free custom pair of the Zoom Kobe IV???s via NikeID. The kids were ecstatic and couldn???t wait to have their turn at creating their very own pair. The locker room was transformed into a mini-design studio/workshop for the kids to get their creative sides in action.

All in all, it was a great show of character by Kobe to step up and offer his time to these kids. Although it may be small to you and me, this could serve as a great confidence booster to these kids to keep striving to achieve what they???ve always dreamed of achieving.

Coverage of the event and photography provided by The305.

Kobe Bryant speaking at Dillard High School

Kobe Bryant speaking at Dillard High School

Kobe Bryant speaking at Dillard High School

Dillard Panthers player holding Nike Zoom Kobe IV

Kobe Bryant with Dillard High School basketball team

“Venom” Nike Zoom Kobe IV

“Venom” Nike Zoom Kobe IV

“Venom” Nike Zoom Kobe IV

“Venom” Nike Zoom Kobe IV

“Venom” Nike Zoom Kobe IV