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NBA Star Chris Paul to Host Nickelodeon’s ‘Kids’ Choice Sports’ Awards 2018 [Updated]

Update - Below is Nickelodeon USA's official Press Release announcing the exciting news:

Update II: The fifth annual Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Sports 2018 will be airing on Friday, July 20, at 8:00 P.M. (ET/PT) instead of Sunday, July 22, at 8:00 P.M. (ET/PT), as reported in the previous version of the press release.

HOUSTON ROCKETS’ POINT GUARD CHRIS PAUL TAPPED


TO HOST FIFTH ANNUAL NICKELODEON’S KIDS’ CHOICE SPORTS 2018,


AIRING SATURDAY, JULY 21, AT 8:00 P.M. (ET/PT)


Share It: @CP3 @Nickelodeon #KidsChoiceSports


BURBANK, Calif.—May 10, 2018—Nickelodeon has tapped Chris Paul, Houston Rockets’ point guard and former NBA All-Star MVP, to host Kids’ Choice Sports 2018, the only show where kids celebrate their favorite athletes and the year’s most unforgettable sports moments in a superstar sports showdown. Airing Saturday, July 21, at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT), Kids’ Choice Sports 2018 will be taped live on Thursday, July 19, from Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif.

Said Chris Paul, “I grew up on Nickelodeon and now love watching it with my kids, and I can’t wait to share this experience with them. I am honored that Nickelodeon asked me to host this year’s Kids’ Choice Sports awards. I promise to bring the fun, the slime and the most epic stunts in Kids’ Choice Sports history.”


Since its inception in 2014, Kids’ Choice Sports has garnered some of the biggest names in sports from hosts Michael Strahan and Russell Wilson to Legend Award recipients David Beckham, Kobe Bryant, Derek Jeter and Michael Phelps. Over the years, the blimps have been presented to: Laurie Hernandez, LeBron James, Rob Gronkowski, Dez Bryant, Lindsey Vonn, Danica Patrick, Carmelo Anthony, Gabby Douglas, Alex Morgan, Dwyane Wade, Stephen Curry, Odell Beckham Jr., Mike Trout, Serena Williams, Usain Bolt, Simone Biles and others.

The slime-soaked celebration has also featured one-of-a-kind challenges with top athletes from across the world of sports: U.S. Women's National Soccer Team champions Carli Lloyd and Abby Wambach sped through the finish line first against Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green and Klay Thompson during a tricycle relay race (2015); DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers) and Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons) scaled Slime Mountain, battled obstacles and slid their way to victory (2017); and Golden State teammates Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson faced off in the Big Slime Ballers Challenge, a three-point contest where each shot triggered slime-filled nets above kid-rebounders (2016).



KCS2018.com will serve as the official destination for Kids’ Choice Sports 2018. Nominations will be announced next month and 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, sports-themed short-form videos, trivia, photos and more for kids to check out online. Additionally, on July 21, kids will have the chance to play along and root for their favorite athletes during the show on KCS2018.com.

Click HERE for Chris Paul’s official website.

Sponsors for Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Sports 2018 include Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, milk it!, Olive Garden® and Verizon.
Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Sports 2018 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 39th 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 http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB).

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Currently setting career highs in the NBA playoffs, Nickelodeon today named Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul as the next host of the networks Kids’ Choice Sports Awards!


Houston Rockets point guard takes over the reins from Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson. Photo: MATHIEU YOUNG/Nickelodeon

Michael Strahan served as the slime-filled show's first host in 2014 before Russell Wilson held the reins from 2015-2017. Paul will also have the honor of being the first non-football player to handle the microphone.

“I am honored that Nickelodeon asked me to host this year’s Kids’ Choice Sports Awards,” the former L.A. Clippers player said in a statement from the network. “I grew up on Nickelodeon and now love watching it with my kids, and I can’t wait to share this experience with them. I promise to bring the fun, the slime and the most epic stunts in Kids’ Choice Sports history.'”

This year’s Kids’ Choice Sports will also move from UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles to Barker Hangar in Santa Monica.

The show with tape live on Thursday, July 19, and air on Nickelodeon USA on Saturday, July 21 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Fans can expect plenty of famous athletes making appearances.

And beginning next month, kids will be able to cast their votes for their favorite athletes and all-star moments from the past year.

Kids’ Choice Sports has slimed some of the biggest names in sports since the show’s launch in 2014, including Michael Strahan, Russell Wilson, David Beckham, Kobe Bryant, Derek Jeter and Michael Phelps.

In addition, Mohawked blimps have been presented to: Laurie Hernandez, LeBron James, Rob Gronkowski, Dez Bryant, Lindsey Vonn, Danica Patrick, Carmelo Anthony, Gabby Douglas, Alex Morgan, Dwyane Wade, Stephen Curry, Odell Beckham Jr., Mike Trout, Serena Williams, Usain Bolt, Simone Biles and many others.

Having previously played for the Charlotte Hornets and L.A. Clippers, Paul is going to the NBA conference finals for the first time after the Rockets eliminated the Utah Jazz on Tuesday, partly thanks to him scoring a career-playoff-high of 41 points. They now face the current champions, the Golden State Warriors, led by Steph Curry and Kevin Durant in the conference finals kicking off Monday. The Houston Rockets' point guard is also a proud dad to two kids, a son, also named Chris, born in 2009, and a daughter, Camryn, born in 2012. He also deserves the title of philanthropist thanks to his work with various causes including the Chris Paul Family Foundation.

Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Sports 2018 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.

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Originally published: Thursday, May 10, 2018.

Sources: TheWrap, E! News, ThePostGame.com; Additional source: Business Wire.
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