LL Cool J will be honored with the Humanitarian Award for his philanthropic work that include programs that encourage literacy, music, and arts for kids and community outreach programs, most notably his Jump & Ball Foundation. Cool J will join Humanitarian Award alums Bono, Sir Elton John, Nile Rodgers and more.
“Hanging with Nile is always a good time. Truly a chic affair, where we party like we are family and dance, dance, dance for a great cause. I am honored to be recognized by Nile and the We Are Family Foundation and help support the important work they do for our youth,” LL Cool J said in a statement.
Roger Daltrey will receive the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Peacemaker Award, named in honor of poet and peacemaker Mattie J.T Stepanek, who died at age 13 in 2004.
“I am delighted to receive the 2018 Mattie J.T. Stepanek Peacemaker Award,” Daltrey added. “As one of the founders of Teen Cancer America I am proud to be honored by the We Are Family Foundation, who also recognizes the specific needs of our adolescents and young adults and understands how vital it is that we support them as they strive to positively change the world.”
The WAFF, created by Grammy award-winning musician and Chic legend Nile Rodgers, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting cultural diversity through programs that support “the talent, vision, and ideas of young people who are positively changing the world.”
“Not only are both Roger and LL Cool J Kennedy Center and Grammy awardees, they’ve dedicated much of their lives to organizations that benefit people overall, and youth specifically, which perfectly aligns them with We Are Family Foundation’s mission and goals,” Rodgers said of the honorees. “These two incredibly talented individuals are selflessly dedicated to helping others. We are immensely grateful to them for their efforts to improve the state of humanity and welcome them into our WAFF family.”