Homecoming

    Kobe Bryant will be dropping in on his alma mater next week – when his team is town to play the Sixers – when Lower Merion High School dedicates its new gym named after the Lakers’ superstar.

    According to The Inquirer, Bryant, who donated $411,000 to Lower Merion to help fund “a series of inspirational, interactive, and educational displays” at its new $100 million high school, agreed to help raise more money for the school by attending the dedication. The school board voted to rename the Lower Merion gym after Bryant, citing not just his recent donation but a history of support for the school whose basketball team he led to the state championship in 1996.

    Tickets to the event cost $25 for the general public and $10 for students and children ages 3-10. A school official said Monday the district was close to selling out all 1,100 tickets.

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