Saturday, September 10, 2016

Dwyane Wade Leads Nickelodeon’s "Road To Worldwide Day Of Play" Event In Chicago

Nickelodeon brought its third annual "Road to Worldwide Day of Play" campaign to Chicago's Far South Side on Saturday 10th September 2016!

The number one network for kids and families teamed up with Dwyane Wade's, Wade's World Foundation to host an event encouraging kids to get up and get active, WBBM's Mike Krauser reports. The event was held at Willie Mae Morris Empowerment Center, 12920 S. Halsted St, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The slime-filled day included Nick-themed games and fitness-themed activities, include a Super Slime obstacle course, Nickelodeon bowling, a slime booth, costumed characters and much more.

NBA star Dwyane Wade joined in on the fun, presenting and giving tours the Willie Mae Morris Empowerment Center (WMMEC).

Dwyane Wade speaks at Nickelodeon's Road to Worldwide Day of Play in Chicago (Mike Krauser/WBBM)

"It's great to come together and see smiles on everyone’s faces," Wade said. "I know in Chicago, there has not been a lot of that lately."

The new WMMEC will be the largest of its kind on the South Side of Chicago and will provide a safe haven for youth, said the center in a statement.

"What happens in that building, the love, the sense of community, the passion is stronger than what happens out on these streets," said Mayor Rahm Emanuel, at the Day of Play event.

The center was named after Dwyane Wade's grandmother, Willie Mae, who is 97 years young and resides in Chicago.

WMMEC will provide a place to house low-cost programs, with a mission to strengthen the community at large.

You can listen to WBBM's super audio report from Nickelodeon's "Road to Worldwide Day of Play" event in Chicago here on!

Nickelodeon kicked off its third annual “Road to Worldwide Day of Play” campaign on May 20, hosting events in six cities, with a record number of kids and partners that encourage kids to get outside and get active. The cross-country celebration of kids’ love of play will culminate with Nickelodeon’s 13th annual Worldwide Day of Play on Saturday, September 17, when the network will suspend programming from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. (ET/PT) and host grassroots activities with its partners across the U.S. to celebrate play. For the latest up-to-date information about Nickelodeon's Worldwide Day of Play 2016, visit!

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Nickelodeon Announces Three NASCAR Drivers To Join The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Sprint Cup Series Lineup At Chicagoland Speedway

Official Nickelodeon USA Press Release via Chicagoland Speedway:


NASCAR Stars Regan Smith and Michael McDowell will Represent the Turtles, while Landon Cassill Joins the Foot Clan in Specially Designed Cars as Part of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 Sept. 18

NEW YORK – Sept. 8, 2016 – Nickelodeon today announced it has added three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Drivers to its Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle lineup at Chicagoland Speedway. Regan Smith, Michael McDowell and Landon Cassill will join Danica Patrick with special paint schemes of the famous Turtles and their nemeses the Foot Clan. Nickelodeon is the entitlement sponsor of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Sept. 18, dubbed the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. The track will feature a weekend of action, activities and fun for the entire family with the iconic Heroes in a Half Shell.

* Smith will be driving the No. 7 Nikko RC/TMNT Raphael Chevrolet for Tommy Baldwin Racing. Raphael, one of the four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles raised and trained by their sensei Master Splinter, is known as the rebel of the group and wears a signature red mask. In December 2015, Toy State, primary sponsor of the No. 7 car and owner of the Nikko Remote Control brand, entered into a three-year licensing partnership with Nickelodeon on the iconic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles brand. The partnership grants Toy State rights to design, develop and manufacture lines of Ninja Turtles-themed ‘lights and sound’, preschool and radio-controlled toy vehicles, which are currently available for purchase at major retail outlets, including the popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Raphael Ooze Booster car. For more information please visit

* McDowell will also be #TeamTurtle when he hits the track in the No. 95 Thrivent Financial/TMNT Donatello Chevrolet. Donatello, aka Donnie, is the brains of the Turtles and will adorn the hood and right rear quarter panel of McDowell’s Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing car.
Cassill will pilot the No. 38 TMNT Bebop Ford for Front Row Motorsports. Bepop, a mutant Warthog, is one of the henchmen of the Turtles’ archenemy Shredder and part of the criminal organization the Foot Clan - #TeamFoot.

* NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Patrick has already been announced to drive the No. 10 April O’Neil/Nature’s Bakery Chevrolet SS in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400.

This Sept. 15-18 marks the sixth consecutive year that Chicagoland Speedway will kick off the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. The Nickelodeon partnership will include sponsorship of the 2017 kick off race, as well.

“We are excited to add Regan, Michael and Landon to our partnerships in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race,” said Anthony DiCosmo, Senior Vice President, Sports Marketing and Development, Nickelodeon. “Just as we did with last season’s SpongeBob SquarePants 400 at Kansas Speedway, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 will continue to expand our relationship with NASCAR, while working with another best-in-class ISC track to give fans a unique and engaging race experience that the whole family can enjoy.”

During the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 race weekend, attendees will be able to enjoy fun family activities in the Nickelodeon Kids Zone, located in Champion’s Park. The area will feature appearances from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles costumed characters, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles photo station and more.

Nickelodeon has a long-standing relationship with NASCAR, teaming up with the motorsports giant on several programming and racing events. On the track, the network has sponsored the SpongeBob SquarePants 400 at Kansas Speedway in 2015; brought the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to the Atlanta Motor Speedway for the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in 2014; participated in the Bank of America 500 week in 2012; and the SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC in 2004. NASCAR has also contributed talent and content to Nickelodeon programming such as the Kids’ Choice Awards (Danica Patrick, 2012 and 2013); Kids’ Choice Sports Awards (Danica Patrick, 2014, Ben Kennedy, 2015); Team Umizoomi (Jeff Gordon, 2012); two seasons of Hammer Down (2014 and 2015); and an episode of Bubble Guppies (Jimmie Johnson, 2015). Most recently, Nick and NASCAR announced a third season of Hammer Down on Nicktoons’ NickSports block, premiering Sept. 23, and a series of brand-new special episodes of Blaze and the Monster Machines featuring NASCAR drivers Chase Elliot, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne and Danica Patrick, airing on the Nick Jr. block Sept. 29 and Nov. 4.

Currently in its fourth season, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is seen in over 170 countries and territories and translated in 50+ languages. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles follows four mutant turtles—Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo—trained in the art of ninjutsu by their mutant rat sensei, Master Splinter, who teaches the turtles to battle evil from the New York City sewers. Executive produced by Ciro Nieli and Brandon Auman, the series is created at Nickelodeon Animation Studios in Burbank, Calif.

About Chicagoland Speedway
Chicagoland Speedway is a 1.5-mile, paved oval race track located in Joliet, Ill. The track has hosted racing events of the major U.S. racing series, and currently conducts races in all three NASCAR national series, including the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the NASCAR XFINITY Series, and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Along with Route 66 Raceway, a multimillion-dollar complex that includes a ¼ mile stadium-style drag strip and a ½ mile dirt oval track, Chicagoland Speedway is wholly-owned by International Speedway Corporation (ISC), a major promoter of motorsports activities. ISC owns and/or operates 13 of the nation’s major racing venues, including Daytona International Speedway. For more information on Chicagoland Speedway, visit

About Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon, now in its 37th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 90 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 20 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB).


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"My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic" Theme Song | Saturday Morning Acapella

In their latest addition to their "Saturday Morning A Capella" playlist, YouTube channel Triforcefilms has unveiled an a capella cover of the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic opening theme tune, "Friendship Is Magic", which you can watch in the super music video below!

In the video clip, Mr. Dooves records himself singing and humming different parts (which you can see individually), while the theme song's familiar opening titles play in the centre of the screen. It's another of those videos you can watch multiple times, yet continue to notice new things!:

In the magical land of Equestria, a kingdom populated only by colorful ponies, Twilight Sparkle (voiced by Tara Strong, The Fairly OddParents), a studious young Unicorn intent only on enhancing her magical abilities, has been assigned a very important task by her mentor Princess Celestia, "Get your muzzle out of those books and make some friends!" In the quaint, village of Ponyville, Twilight Sparkle meets five new ponies and through funny, offbeat experiences and exciting, enchanted adventures, they teach her about the most powerful magic of all, the magic of friendship!

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is created by Lauren Faust and produced by Hasbro Studios and DHX Media Vancouver. The series is based on Hasbro's popular My Little Pony line of toys and animated works.

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic airs regularly on Nicktoons Africa, Nickelodeon Greece, and Nickelodeon Germany (Deutschland), Nickelodeon Austria (Österreich) and Nickelodeon Switzerland's (Schweiz; locally titled My Little Pony - Freundschaft ist Magie on Nick GSA)

Here's the original My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic theme song, composed by Daniel Ingram, in all its glory! Sing along with the lyrics below!:

[Backup singer]
My Little Pony, My Little Pony
Ahh, ahh, ahh, ahhh...

[Twilight Sparkle]
(My Little Pony)
I used to wonder what friendship could be
(My Little Pony)
Until you all shared its magic with me

[Rainbow Dash]
Big adventure

[Pinkie Pie]
Tons of fun

A beautiful heart

Faithful and strong

Sharing kindness!

[Twilight Sparkle]
It's an easy feat
And magic makes it all complete
You have my little ponies
Do you know you're all my very best friends?

More MLP:FIM: Episode 18: Lauren Faust | Nickelodeon Animation Podcast!

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