Ice Cube receives his Basketball Hall of Fame Award

O’Shea Jackson Sr. popularly known as Ice Cube is an American rapper, songwriter, actor, and filmmaker born on June 15, 1969 in Los Angeles. California.

On Sunday, January 14, 2024, the 54-year-old was honored at the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame when he received the first-ever Ice Cube Impact Award.

The BIG3 co-founder received the award which is named in his honor celebrating his contribution to local communities through the game of basketball.

He received the very first award following his passion for basketball and commitment to education and community development through the sport.

About Ice Cube

Ice Cube is the son of hospital clerk and custodian Doris and machinist and UCLA groundskeeper Hosea Jackson. He has an older brother, and they had a half-sister. Sadly, she was murdered when Cube was 12.

Cube, who is the cousin of fellow rappers Del tha Funky Homosapien and Kom, grew up on Van Wick Street in the Westmont section of South Los Angeles.

In ninth grade at George Washington Preparatory High School in Los Angeles, Cube began writing raps. This was part of his preparation for a challenge by his friend “Kiddo” in typewriting class. Kiddo lost.

According to Cube, his stage name came from his older brother, he had “threatened to slam me into a freezer and pull me out when I was an ice cube”.

Cube also attended William Howard Taft High School in the Woodland Hills area of Los Angeles and was bused 40 miles to the suburban school from his home in a high-crime neighborhood.

Cube enrolled at the Phoenix Institute of Technology Phoenix, Arizona. After bagging a diploma in architectural drafting, he returned to Los Angeles and in 1988 and rejoined N.W.A.

He kept a career in architecture drafting as a backup plan.

The Ice Cube Impact Award

Speaking about the award, Ice Cube said, “I’m the first recipient, but I’m not the last, you know? Every year, we’re gonna pick somebody that deserves this award, and I’m honored. Never in a million years did I think what we were doing would land us in the Hall of Fame.”

The induction of the Ice Cube Impact Award will recognized and honor individuals each year for their community contributions through the game of basketball.

“It’s really about upholding standard,” Ice Cube said. “To find those deserving to be in here and display their work as well.”

He also teased plans to expand his Big3 league all over the globe.

The Friday creator shared his happiness to receive the award in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, shared after the ceremony.

“Had a remarkable time at the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame today. So honored to see the trophy and exhibit for The Ice Cube Impact Award,” he wrote. “Can’t wait to reward people in the future who positively impact us through the game of basketball. Thank you @Hoophall.”

Last week, Cube thanked the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame for creating the award in his honor.

In his words, “Shoutout to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame for creating the Ice Cube Impact award. Looking forward to accepting the first award on January 15th. Can’t wait to see others who are committed to making a positive impact receive the award in future years.”


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