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First-ever Kids’ Choice Sports Awards nominees announced

Nickelodeon has revealed the nominees and categories for its inaugural Kids' Choice Sports 2014 live awards show where kids in the US vote for their favorite athletes across 15 kid-focused categories including "Sickest Moves" and "King and Queen of Swag."
May 22, 2014

Nickelodeon has revealed the nominees and categories for its inaugural Kids’ Choice Sports 2014 live awards show where kids in the US vote for their favorite athletes across 15 kid-focused categories including “Sickest Moves” and “King and Queen of Swag.”

Beginning June 12, kids can cast their votes at www.nick.com/sports/ before the event’s live telecast which will be hosted and executive produced by NFL Hall of Famer Michael Strahan on Thursday, July 17 (8 p.m. ET/PT) from UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles.

Tennis superstar Serena Williams and basketball phenom Skylar Diggins garnered the most noms with Williams for “Best Female Athlete,” “Queen of Swag,” “Biggest Cannon” and “Superstar Siblings” with sister Venus, and Diggins for “Favorite Newcomer,” “Clutch Player of the Year” and “Queen of Swag.”

The nominees were determined by rankings from kids and insight from the Kids’ Choice Sports Council of popular sports figures including Cal Ripken Jr., Deion Sanders, Misty May-Treanor, and Ken Griffey Jr.

In cross-platform support, Nickelodeoon is launching exclusive short-form sports video content online at www.nick.com/sports/ and via the Nick App beginning June 5 featuring Nick shows, athlete photo galleries and brand new games.

Some of the key categories and nominees are:

BEST MALE ATHLETE

Tom Brady (NFL, New England Patriots)
Kevin Durant (NBA, Oklahoma City Thunder)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (NASCAR)
LeBron James (NBA, Miami Heat)
Derek Jeter (MLB, New York Yankees)
Peyton Manning (NFL, Denver Broncos)
Dwyane Wade (NBA, Miami Heat)
Tiger Woods (Golf)

BEST FEMALE ATHLETE

Gabby Douglas (US Gymnastics)
Gracie Gold (US Figure Skater)
Candace Parker (WNBA, Los Angeles Sparks)
Danica Patrick (NASCAR)
Hope Solo (NWSL, Seattle Reign FC)
Lindsey Vonn (US Skiing)
Serena Williams (WTA)

SICKEST MOVES

Sidney Crosby (NHL, Pittsburgh Penguins)
Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy and the United States Men’s National Team)
Blake Griffin (NBA, Los Angeles Clippers)
Lionel Messi  (Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Argentine Men’s National Team)
Alex Morgan (NWSL, Portland Thorns)
Alexander Ovechkin (NHL, Washington Capitals)
Chris Paul (NBA, Los Angeles Clippers)
Adrian Peterson (NFL, Minnesota Vikings)

KING OF SWAG

Eric Decker (NFL, New York Jets)
Henrik Lundqvist (NHL, New York Rangers)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Spanish club Real Madrid and Portugal Men’s National Team)
Amar’e Stoudemire (NBA, New York Knicks)
Dwyane Wade (NBA, Miami Heat)
Russell Westbrook (NBA, Oklahoma City Thunder)

QUEEN OF SWAG

Skylar Diggins (WNBA, Tulsa Shock)
Gabby Douglas (US Gymnast)
Lolo Jones (US Track and Field and Bobsled)
Maria Sharapova (WTA)
Lindsey Vonn (US Skiing)
Serena Williams (WTA)

BIGGEST CANNON

Novak Djokovic (ATP)
Clayton Kershaw (MLB, Los Angeles Dodgers)
Cam Newton (NFL, Carolina Panthers)
Aaron Rodgers (NFL, Green Bay Packers)
Ben Roethlisberger (NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers)
Justin Verlander (MLB, Detroit Tigers)
Serena Williams (WTA)

PARTY LIKE A SPORTS STAR (Best Victory Celebration)

Victor Cruz (NFL, New York Giants)
Knowshon Moreno (NFL, Miami Dolphins)
Rafael Nadal (ATP)
Cam Newton (NFL, Carolina Panthers)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Spanish club Real Madrid and Portugal Men’s National Team)
Abby Wambach (NWSL, The Western NY Flash)

A full list of the nominees and categories can be found here.

About The Author
Jeremy is the Features Editor of Kidscreen specializing in the content production, broadcasting and distribution aspects of the global children's entertainment industry. Contact Jeremy at jdickson@brunico.com.

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