Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Seattle Seahawks' Quarterback Russell Wilson Returns as Host of Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Sports 2017

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Voting Begins Today, May 31, on; Kids’ Choice Sports 2017 Airs Sunday, July 16

at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT)

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Pictured: Russell Wilson, host of KIDS' CHOICE SPORTS 2017 on Nickelodeon. Photo: Ben Watts / Nickelodeon. c 2015 Viacom International, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Burbank, Calif.,–May 31, 2017–The only kids’ show celebrating the world’s best athletes and epic sports moments, Kids’ Choice Sports 2017 welcomes back Seattle Seahawks’ franchise quarterback and Super Bowl champion, Russell Wilson as host. Airing Sunday, July 16, at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT), Kids’ Choice Sports 2017 will be taped live on Thursday, July 13, from UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles.

“Super excited and honored to three-peat and host Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Sports 2017. Kids get ready… three times the slime coming your way,” said Russell Wilson.

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With 12 categories up for grabs, tennis powerhouse Serena Williams and competitive swimmer Katie Ledecky lead the pack with three nominations each as they go head-to-head in the category of “Favorite Female Athlete.” Williams also clenches nominations for “Queen of Swag,” and “Biggest Cannon,” while Ledecky scored nominations for “Clutch Player of the Year” and “Need for Speed.”

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Additional athletes competing for the coveted mohawked blimp include Alex Morgan, Cristiano Ronaldo, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Danica Patrick, Lizzie Armanto, Mike Trout, Stephen Curry, Tom Brady and Von Miller, with two nods each. 28 superstar athletes are set to receive first-time nods including: Le’Veon Bell, Laurie Hernandez, Dak Prescott, DeAndre Jordan, Alyson Felix, Sergio Garcia, DeMarcus Cousins and others.

Charley Gallay for Getty Images/Nickelodeon will serve as the official destination for Kids’ Choice Sports 2017. Beginning today, May 31, kids will be able to cast their votes for their favorite athletes and all-star moments from the past year. After voting, it’s game on, with all-star polls and sports-themed short-form videos for kids to check out online and on the Nick App.

Click HERE for Russell Wilson’s bio.

Sponsors for Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Sports 2017 include Airheads®, Capri Sun , Chrysler Pacifica, Crest®, Nationwide’s Make Safe Happen®, Popsicle® and Verizon.

The categories and nominees for Kids’ Choice Sports 2017 are:

They are, simply put, the best athletes of the year. Driving the offense or barreling through the toughest defense, they never cease to amaze fans with their athleticism, moves and mastery of the game. In short, the nominees for these two categories represent the best male and female athletes currently competing in traditional sports.

Cristiano Ronaldo (Soccer, Real Madrid C.F. La Liga)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (NASCAR)
Kris Bryant (MLB, Chicago Cubs)
LeBron James (NBA, Cleveland Cavaliers)
Stephen Curry (NBA, Golden State Warriors)
Tom Brady (NFL, New England Patriots)

Alex Morgan (NWSL, Olympique Lyonnais)
Katie Ledecky (Competitive Swimmer)
Mikaela Shiffrin (Skiing, US Ski Team)
Nneka Ogwumike (WNBA, Los Angeles Sparks)
Serena Williams (WTA)
Simone Biles (Professional Artistic Gymnast)

All professional athletes do incredible things, but there are a select few who also look incredible while they’re doing it. The male and female nominees in this category are the best dressed and most stylin’ athletes off the court. The King of Swag and the Queen of Swag are two separate awards that will be presented together.

Cam Newton (NFL, Carolina Panthers)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Soccer, Real Madrid C.F.)
DeAndre Jordan (NBA, Los Angeles Clippers)
Rickie Fowler (Professional Golfer)
Russell Wilson (NFL, Seattle Seahawks)
Von Miller (NFL, Denver Broncos)

Caroline Wozniacki (WTA)
Danica Patrick (NASCAR)
Lizzie Armanto (Professional Skateboarder)
Serena Williams (WTA)
Skylar Diggins (WNBA, Dallas Wings)
Torah Bright (Professional Snowboarder)

Some of the most incredible arms in sports belong to athletes from the worlds of baseball, football and tennis. This category honors the outfielders, pitchers, catchers, quarterbacks and tennis players with the strongest arms in the game.

Aaron Rodgers (NFL, Green Bay Packers)
Andy Murray (Professional Tennis Player)
Justin Verlander (MLB, Detroit Tigers)
Matt Ryan (NFL, Atlanta Falcons)
Max Scherzer (MLB, Washington Nationals)
Serena Williams (WTA)

This award honors those players that are an undeniable force on the field and on the court. Like a freight train or a Mack Truck, these athletes have so much power in their play that they cannot be stopped. They are the sluggers who hit the farthest homeruns, the tennis players with the fastest serves, the power forwards that slam dunk with such force they can shatter a backboard, the running backs that move with such power that it takes an entire team to stop them, and are the most unstoppable players in sports this year.

Claressa Shields (Professional Boxer)
David Ortiz (MLB, Boston Red Sox)
DeMarcus Cousins (NBA, New Orleans Pelicans)
Mike Trout (MLB, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim)
Von Miller (NFL, Denver Broncos)

Teammates rely on these athletes to make the plays when it counts the most. Their participation is clutch to the success of their teams, and the fans know it. The nominees in this category come from a variety of sports and alter the game just by being on the field.

Alex Morgan (NWSL, Olympique Lyonnais)
Katie Ledecky (Competitive Swimmer)
Mike Trout (MLB, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim)
Russell Westbrook (NBA, Oklahoma City Thunder)
Sergio Garcia (Professional Golfer)
Sidney Crosby (NHL, Pittsburgh Penguins)
Stephen Curry (NBA, Golden State Warriors)
Tom Brady (NFL, New England Patriots)

They flip, fly and soar their way into the highlight reels of the X Games and other action sports competitions on the regular, and kids can’t get enough. They’re the death-defying athletes of slopestyle, the BMX racers or the skateboarders and surfers who risk life and limb every day to accomplish the impossible.

Alise Post (Professional BMX Racer)
Connor Fields (Professional BMX Racer)
Hailey Langland (Professional Snowboarder)
Keala Kennelly (Professional Surfer)
Lizzie Armanto (Professional Skateboarder)
Mark McMorris (Professional Snowboarder)
Nyjah Huston (Professional Skateboarder)

The excitement surrounding a new sports prospect can be incredible, especially when that prospect starts to deliver on the anticipation of greatness. The nominees in this category represent the first or second year pros who have lived up to the hype–in other words, the newbie that is most likely to succeed.

Breanna Stewart (WNBA, Seattle Storm)
Corey Seager (MLB, Los Angeles Dodgers)
Dak Prescott (NFL, Dallas Cowboys)
Dario Šarić (NBA, Philadelphia 76ers)
Laurie Hernandez (Professional Artistic Gymnast)
Simone Manuel (Competitive Swimmer)

Every season has its most-talked-about, spectacular or awe-inspiring catches and saves. The nominees in this category represent the MLB, NFL and NHL athletes who have made the most unbelievable, highlight reel-worthy catches and incredible saves of the year.

Adrián Beltré (MLB, Texas Rangers)
Antonio Brown (NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers)
Braden Holtby (NHL, Washington Capitals)
Ian Kinsler (MLB, Detroit Tigers)
Julian Edelman (NFL, New England Patriots)
Odell Beckham Jr. (NFL, New York Giants)

This award honors those players that live life in the fast lane. Whether it’s running, driving, or swimming, these athletes bring the fast and furious to the race. They are the lightening quick speed demons that won’t stop until they’re in first, and the rest of the competition eats their dust.

Allyson Felix (Professional Track & Field Athlete)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (NASCAR)
Danica Patrick (NASCAR)
Jimmie Johnson (NASCAR)
Katie Ledecky (Competitive Swimmer)
Lewis Hamilton (Formula 1 Racing)
Usain Bolt (Professional Track & Field Athlete)

Professional athletes make it look so easy that sometimes fans forget the sheer agility required to play with the best of the best–until they see the nominees of this category do their thing. They’re the soccer players with the mind-blowing dribble, the hockey players who can do amazing things on skates, the football players who dazzle us with their fancy footwork, or the basketball players with the best ball handling skills.

Carli Lloyd (NWSL, Manchester City)
James Harden (NBA, Houston Rockets)
Kevin Durant (NBA, Golden State Warriors)
Kyrie Irving (NBA, Cleveland Cavaliers)
Le’Veon Bell (NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers)
Patrick Kane (NHL, Chicago Blackhawks)

Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Sports 2017 is produced by Done and Dusted in association with Nickelodeon Productions. Jay Schmalholz and Shelly Sumpter Gillyard are executive producers. Constance Schwartz and Michael Strahan of SMAC Entertainment will serve as executive producers, alongside Ian Stewart and Hamish Hamilton of Done and Dusted with Hamilton also serving as director of the show.

Nickelodeon, now in its 38th 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, digital, 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 kids’ basic cable network for 22 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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Additional source: Business Wire.

Also, from People:

Russell Wilson Returns as Host of Nickelodeon's 2017 Kids' Choice Sports Awards

Russell Wilson is back for the three-peat.

For a third year in a row, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback will return to host — and slime some of the biggest names in sports — at Nickelodeon’s 2017 Kids’ Choice Sports Awards.

“To be back again is special because I love being around the kids and their energy,” Wilson, 28, tells PEOPLE. “We’re going to be an awards show that will really try to get the kids involved as much as possible and have as much fun as we can.”

The kids show will celebrate the world’s best athletes and epic sports moments from the past year. With 12 categories up for grabs, tennis powerhouse Serena Williams and Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky lead the pack with three nominations each as they go head-to-head in the category of “Favorite Female Athlete.”

Other athletes up for the mohawked blimp award this year include Cristiano Ronaldo, Stephen Curry and Tom Brady.

“I’ll never forget my rookie year four years ago — it was the first year I was able to win a big award [at the show],” Wilson says. “When I won, I remember walking off stage thinking that I would love to host this show one day. Shortly after, Nickelodeon called me and asked me to host.”

He adds: “I’m grateful for all of the opportunities I’ve had and that the kids want me back after three years in a row — it’s about the kids.”

Being involved in a show where the focus is on kids is special for Wilson in particular this year as he welcomed his first child with his wife Ciara in April — a baby girl named Sienna Princess.

“I am a step dad so I’ve always had that thrill, obviously,” he says of Ciara’s 3 year old son Future Zahir, from her previous relationship with rapper Future. “But this year is going to be even more exciting.”

After a memorable dance-off with Ciara at last year’s awards, Wilson says fans can expect more of the same fun.

“Dancing is key,” he says. “It’s a big part of my life, especially being married to Ciara. Last year, she stole the show away with the dance moves. I’m going to have to try to steal it away this year.”

Kids can cast their votes for their favorite athletes and all-star moments now.

“Get ready, the slime will be alive and ready,” Wilson laughs.

Kids’ Choice Sports 2017 airs July 16 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.


Also, from Sports Illustrated Kids:

Russell Wilson Talks Off-Season Training and Getting Slimed at the Nick Kids' Choice Sports Awards

Russell Wilson, the three-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl champion quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, will again host the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports Awards in Los Angeles, California, the network announced Wednesday. I caught up with him in early April while he was filming a promotional video for the show.

Wilson will be hosting the awards, which will air July 16 on Nickelodeon, for the third year in a row. He believes that the most rewarding part about being the host is “seeing the smile on the kids’ faces. That’s the best part because you realize there are kids all over the world that look up to you for different reasons.”

Rehearsal isn’t just memorizing lines and dances. “[It’s] a bunch of hours, but more than anything, it’s a bunch of fun,” said Wilson. He works on remembering the patterns and the order of the show. Once he is comfortable with the order, he becomes more relaxed, and it becomes very enjoyable. One of the keys to hosting is to be able to bring energy and realize that it’s for kids to enjoy.

Slime is a big part of every Nickelodeon awards show. And Wilson loves getting slimed! “As a young kid, I always wanted to get slimed,” he explained. “I wanted to know what it tastes like, what it feels like.” Wilson has been slimed numerous times as the host, and it is often a complete surprise to him. Despite getting slimed multiple times, the novelty hasn’t worn off, and Wilson said it is still so much fun to get slimed.

In addition to preparing for the show, Wilson has been very busy during this off-season. He loves to travel, but this year he has not ventured too far away from home. This is because his wife, Ciara, was expecting their first child. Their daughter, Sienna Princess Wilson, was born on April 28. Wilson explained that he had spent part of his off-season preparing to become a new father. “This is one of the best things I am getting super excited for,” he said.

Wilson has been mainly splitting time between Seattle and Los Angeles. Regardless of where he is, the most important part of the off-season for him is preparing for the upcoming football season by training six days a week.

He has posted videos of himself training on social media at the USC and the UCLA football practice fields, with “#DangerTrain.” He has been working with a personal trainer, and the workouts include lifting weights, running, watching film, and throwing the football. He has been posting these videos to share his off-season work with Seahawks fans and other football fans.

In some of his workouts, he has been training with fellow teammates, including Jimmy Graham, Jermaine Kearse, Luke Wilson, and Doug Baldwin. Even on the one day off during the week when he isn’t doing any formal workout, Wilson said that he is still doing something physical, such as going for a bike ride or stretching. Every day of the week, Wilson is preparing his body for the upcoming season by keeping active.

His diet is also something that he pays close attention to during the off-season. Wilson loves food, but he tries to eat healthy. While pasta, cheeseburgers, pizza, and steaks are some of his favorite foods, he has cut those foods out. He has met with a nutritionist to help him eat healthier and fine-tune his diet so he can play football for many years to come.

There have also been trade rumors this off-season with regards to star Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman. When it comes to rumors, though, Wilson said that he “doesn’t pay attention to that stuff.” Instead, he focuses on his own preparation. “Every time you step on the field, whether it is a practice or in the weight room, or watching film, make that the best that you do that day,” he said. “Everything counts!”

[Photograph] by [...] Kevin Mazur/KCSports2016/WireImage.


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