February 21, 2024


ABOVE PHOTO: ICE CUBE ACHIEVED ANOTHER MILESTONE in his illustrious profession with the celebrated Naismith Corridor of Fame Award

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — On MLK Day, legendary artist, actor, basketball fanatic, and co-founder of the BIG3 skilled basketball league, Ice Dice, achieved one other milestone in his illustrious profession as he was honored with the celebrated Naismith Corridor of Fame Award. Including to his already spectacular assortment of accolades, together with a star on the Hollywood Stroll of Fame and an induction into the Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame, this newest recognition, The Naismith Corridor of Fame Ice Dice Influence Award, highlights Dice’s important affect on skilled basketball and his dedication to the neighborhood.

The Naismith Award, named in Dice’s honor, will likely be offered yearly to people within the basketball neighborhood who make the most of their platform to make excellent contributions to basketball and their constructive affect on the lives of others in the neighborhood. Dice is within the strategy of appointing a range committee that he’ll chair within the coming 12 months’s award nominations.

The occasion’s spotlight unfolded with the disclosing of the Ice Dice Influence Award Exhibit. That includes a group of pictures spanning Dice’s life, together with photographs of him in his youth basketball uniform, with NWA, alongside Kobe Bryant, and on the inaugural BIG3 launch press convention, the exhibit showcases Dice’s journey and his profound affect on the sport and a video that includes Dice discussing his journey and the award’s significance provides depth to the exhibit.

John Doleva launched Nancy Lieberman, who, in flip, launched Dice as they revealed the exhibit. In an official ribbon-cutting ceremony, Dice shared remarks on this important honor.

“I’m so honored; when you will have an award within the corridor of fame, individuals should take you severely; it offers you a sure degree of credibility,” he stated. “I’m wanting ahead to discovering finalists who do good work throughout the nation that positively affect the lives of others via basketball, well-known or not.”

“The Corridor of Fame workforce loved assembly and honoring Ice Dice as we welcomed him to the Corridor of Fame household,” added John Doleva, president and CEO of Naismith Basketball Corridor of Fame. “We sit up for using Dice’s platform in each leisure and basketball to find and rejoice individuals in challenged communities nationally who’re utilizing basketball as a lever to enhance their neighborhoods, and extra importantly, assist information younger individuals by reinforcing constructive life expertise via their love of the sport.” Main as much as the special occasion on the Naismith Basketball Corridor of Fame, Dice was warmly greeted by Doleva. The 2-day celebration, meticulously organized by the Corridor of Fame workforce, started with a private tour of the just lately $30M renovated Corridor of Fame, and a go to to the Kobe Bryant exhibit, which rapidly turned a cherished reminiscence to Dice and his household.

Ice Dice is offered along with his Naismith Corridor of Fame Award by Nancy Lieberman.

Immersed in the neighborhood of Springfield, Dice, alongside BIG3 Coach and corridor of famer Nancy Lieberman, actively participated in a neighborhood clinic for kids from native organizations. The middle courtroom at Hoop Corridor buzzed with pleasure as Dice and Nancy emphasised the significance of follow and exhausting work. Kids from organizations throughout town participated in basketball drills, creating lasting reminiscences. He additionally personally visited Deberry Elementary Faculty in Springfield, giving the scholars there an inspirational speak.

Along with celebrating this momentous event, Nancy Lieberman moderated a Q&A session with Ice Dice, participating with a few hundred supporters from the neighborhood. The questions ranged from Dice’s motivations for beginning the BIG3 league to the inspiring story of hiring Nancy Lieberman.

After this, Dice was given the dignity of awarding the MVP to Liam McNeeley of Montverde Academy on the 2024 Spalding Hoophall Traditional recreation between two of the perfect highschool basketball packages within the nation performed by Montverde Academy (FL- winner) and Prolific Prep (CA).

This Naismith Corridor of Fame Award marks a private triumph for Ice Dice and a testomony to his enduring legacy in basketball, leisure, and neighborhood engagement. Along with this award, as a member of NWA, Dice will likely be honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.