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U.S. Soccer Star Gets Tattoo Honoring Kobe's Daughter, Gianna

Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna at a Lakers game.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 17: Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Bryant attend a basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Atlanta Hawks at Staples Center on November 17, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)

A memorial service will be held for Kobe and Gianna Bryant at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles today.

The date of the ceremony - February 24 - reflects the jersey numbers worn by Kobe Bryant (24) and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna (2). Kobe, of course, is one of the greatest NBA players of all-time. Gianna had dreams of playing for UConn and starring in the WNBA.

More than 20,000 people are expected to attend the memorial service to honor Kobe and Gianna, who died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on Jan. 26.

Tributes continue to pour in for the Bryant family. Vanessa Bryant shared an honorary Gianna Bryant tattoo on her Instagram page on Monday morning.

U.S. soccer star Sydney Leroux, who was close to the Bryant family, got a No. 2 tattoo in honor of Gianna Bryant.

"Thank you for honoring my Gigi. I love you," Vanessa Bryant wrote.

Leroux, 29, is a family friend of the Bryants. She wears No. 2 as a forward for the Orlando Pride in the National Women’s Soccer League. She shared a heartfelt message about Kobe following his death last month: "I’m not sure I’ve ever cried in front of my kids but last week I couldn’t help it. I held them close. One on each lap. My hands were full but my heart wasn’t. Cassius looked at me and sang the ABC’s to me because that’s what I do with Roux when she cries. You think you have all of this time with people and then you don’t. And it really really hurts and then you’re okay. And you’re only okay because you forgot that it’s real for a minute. It comes in these huge waves and I haven’t learned how to swim through them yet. But I look back and I remember when the going was tough; what he said to me... ‘Figure it out. No other option.’ And so I will. So we will," she wrote.

The Kobe and Gianna Bryant memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. E.T. It will air live on ESPN.