Photo Courtesy of Gregory Shamus/Big 3
Ice Cube is no stranger to the basketball world. He is a dedicated Los Angeles Lakers fan, and he is the co-founder and CEO of the Big3, which is a 3-on-3 league that features former NBA players. Ice Cube has made an impact in the basketball world, and it has not gone unnoticed. And his most recent move is yet another impressive accolade.
Earlier this week, the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame announced a partnership with Ice Cube that helped establish the Ice Cube Impact Award. The Hall of Fame stated that the award will honor Cube’s “extraordinary contributions to the world of basketball, his unparalleled passion for the game, and his unwavering commitment to encouraging crucial dialogues surrounding inclusivity, equal opportunity, and racial and social justice while contributing to initiatives focused on education and community development.”
The Hall of Fame will house the award in its museum and honor award winners through a dedicated exhibit.
Ice Cube spoke on the honor.
“Having an award bearing my name only intensifies my commitment to advancing inclusivity and equal opportunity in sports, alongside my unwavering dedication to community activism.” He said.
Ice Cube will be the first recipient of the award, but it will be an annual award given to a person making a positive impact through the game of basketball. He will receive the award on January 15, 2024, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Ice Cube’s Big3 league began in 2017 and finished up its most recent season in August. The league is going strong and will remain a way for Cube to keep impacting the game of basketball.