Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Nickelodeon to Honor NBA Champion Dwyane Wade with Legend Award at Kids’ Choice Sports 2019

BASKETBALL SUPERSTAR DWYANE WADE TO BE HONORED WITH THE LEGEND AWARD AT NICKELODEON’S KIDS’ CHOICE SPORTS 2019

DWYANE WADE, ROB GRONKOWSKI, NIKKI BELLA, SHAUN WHITE, LINDSEY VONN, LAURIE HERNANDEZ AND MORE JOIN HOST MICHAEL STRAHAN AT NICKELODEON’S KIDS’ CHOICE SPORTS 2019

Show Tapes Live from Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif., on Thursday, July 11, and Premieres on Saturday, August 10, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)

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Basketball superstar and three-time NBA Champion Dwyane Wade has been chosen by Nickelodeon to receive the coveted Legend Award at this year’s Kids’ Choice Sports 2019 in recognition of his achievements and outstanding sportsmanship on and off the court!

Wade spent the majority of his 16-year career playing for the Miami Heat in the National Basketball Association. After a successful college basketball career with the Marquette Golden Eagles, Wade was drafted fifth overall in the 2003 NBA draft by the Heat. In his third season, Wade led the Heat to their first NBA Championship in franchise history and was named the 2006 NBA Finals MVP. At the 2008 Summer Olympics, Wade led the United States men's basketball team, commonly known as the "Redeem Team", in scoring, and helped them capture the gold medal. In the 2008–09 season, Wade led the league in scoring and earned his first NBA scoring title. With LeBron James and Chris Bosh, Wade helped guide Miami to four consecutive NBA Finals from 2011 to 2014, winning back-to-back championships in 2012 and 2013. After playing for the Chicago Bulls and the Cleveland Cavaliers, Wade was traded back to Miami in February 2018. A 13-time NBA All-Star, Wade is Miami's all-time leader in points, games, assists and steals, shots made and shots taken. Wade retired at the end of this past season, his 16th in the NBA.

For more information about Dwyane Wade, visit https://dwyanewade.com

The Legend Award honors athletes who are the ultimate role models to kids across the globe, inspiring generations year after year. Wade, who is the sixth athlete to receive this honor, joins a prestigious list of past recipients including most decorated Olympian of all time Michael Phelps, five-time NBA Champion Kobe Bryant, soccer legend David Beckham, five-time World Series champion Derek Jeter, and professional racecar driver Danica Patrick. Each recipient of the Legend Award receives the ultimate honor, being doused from head to toe in glistening gold slime.

Hosted by Super Bowl Champion and two-time Emmy-Award winner Michael Strahan (Good Morning America, Strahan and Sara, The $100,000 Pyramid, Fox NFL Sunday), Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Sports 2019 is set to be the event of the summer, bursting with epic slimings and sheer sports ‘fan’-demonium.

Among the famous faces attending the live taping of Kids’ Choice Sports 2019 will be Michael Strahan (host), Dwyane Wade (Legend Award Recipient); Rob Gronkowski (NFL, New England Patriots); Nikki Bella (WWE); Shaun White (Snowboarder); Lindsey Vonn (Alpine Ski Racer); Laurie Hernandez (Gymnast); Chloe Kim (Snowboarder); Ben Simmons (NBA, Philadelphia 76ers); Saquon Barkley (NFL, New York Giants); Mikaela Shiffrin (Alpine Ski Racer); Alysa Liu (Figure Skater); David Dobrik and more.

The only show celebrating kids’ love of sports, their favorite athletes and the year’s most unforgettable sports moments. Kids’ Choice Sports 2019 will be taped on Thursday, July 11, from Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif., and premiere Saturday, Aug. 10, at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon.

The top nominees this year with four nominations each are Serena Williams, Stephen Curry and James Harden. First-time nominees Patrick Mahomes, Saquon Barkley, Baker Mayfield and Naomi Osaka, join LeBron James, Tom Brady, Alex Morgan and Carli Lloyd with three nominations each. Other first-time nominees vying for coveted blimps include Mookie Betts, Nikki Bella, Stephanie Gilmore, Tori Bowie, Blake Snell, Chris Sale, Aaron Donald, Khalil Mack, Alex Honnold, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Trae Young.


Kids can cast their votes for their favorite athletes and all-star moments at www.NickPlay.com and the Screens Up App. Nine categories are new to Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Sports 2019: Favorite Esports Star, featuring the top pros in competitive gaming; and Favorite Athlete, across the world of sports--soccer, golf, tennis, baseball, basketball, football, hockey and gymnastics.

NickPlay.com serves as the official destination for Kids’ Choice Sports 2019 and will pair with the show to feature all-star live votes, polls, sports-themed short-form videos, trivia, backstage reactions, and more. As the show’s competitors face off during the show, users will be able to join in the fun through the interactive experience throughout the night.

Users will also be able to access all day of show content on the Screens Up app.

Sponsors for Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Sports 2019 include Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, Goldfish® Epic Crunch™, milk it!, NERF, Olive Garden®, and Verizon.

The categories and nominees for Kids’ Choice Sports 2019 are:

*indicates new categories.

Favorite Male Athlete
Bryce Harper (MLB, Philadelphia Phillies)
LeBron James (NBA, Los Angeles Lakers)
Lionel Messi (La Liga, FC Barcelona)
Stephen Curry (NBA, Golden State Warriors)
Tiger Woods (Golf)
Tom Brady (NFL, New England Patriots)

Favorite Female Athlete
Alex Morgan (NWSL, Orlando Pride)
Chloe Kim (Snowboarder)
Lindsey Vonn (Alpine Ski Racer)
Naomi Osaka (WTA)
Serena Williams (WTA)
Simone Biles (Gymnast)

King of Swag
James Harden (NBA, Houston Rockets)
Jimmy Butler (NBA, Philadelphia 76ers)
Lewis Hamilton (Formula 1 Racing)
Odell Beckham Jr. (NFL, Cleveland Browns)
Russell Westbrook (NBA, Oklahoma City Thunder)
Travis Kelce (NFL, Kansas City Chiefs)

Queen of Swag
Ibtihaj Muhammad (Fencing)
Nikki Bella (WWE)
Serena Williams (WTA)
Sloane Stephens (WTA)
Stephanie Gilmore (Surfing)
Tori Bowie (Track & Field)

Best Cannon
Baker Mayfield (NFL, Cleveland Browns)
Blake Snell (MLB, Tampa Bay Rays)
Chris Sale (MLB, Boston Red Sox)
Drew Brees (NFL, New Orleans Saints)
Patrick Mahomes (NFL, Kansas City Chiefs)
Tom Brady (NFL, New England Patriots)

Biggest Powerhouse
Aaron Donald (NFL, Los Angeles Rams)
Giannis Antetokounmpo (NBA, Milwaukee Bucks)
Khalil Mack (NFL, Chicago Bears)
LeBron James (NBA, Los Angeles Lakers)
Rob Gronkowski (NFL, New England Patriots)
Serena Williams (WTA)

Clutch Player of the Year
Carli Lloyd (NWSL, Sky Blue FC)
Elena Delle Donne (WNBA, Washington Mystics)
James Harden (NBA, Houston Rockets)
Julian Edelman (NFL, New England Patriots)
Kevin Durant (NBA, Golden State Warriors)
Stephen Curry (NBA, Golden State Warriors)

Favorite Action Sports Star
Alex Honnold (Rock Climber)
Brighton Zeuner (Skateboarder)
Chloe Kim (Snowboarder)
Jamie Anderson (Snowboarder)
John John Florence (Surfer)
Nyjah Huston (Skateboarder)

Favorite Breakout Player
A’ja Wilson (WNBA, Las Vegas Aces)
Baker Mayfield (NFL, Cleveland Browns)
Luka Dončić (NBA, Dallas Mavericks)
Naomi Osaka (WTA)
Patrick Mahomes (NFL, Kansas City Chiefs)
Saquon Barkley (NFL, New York Giants)

Hands of Gold
Antonio Brown (NFL, Oakland Raiders)
Braden Holtby (NHL, Washington Capitals)
JuJu Smith-Schuster (NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers)
Julian Edelman (NFL, New England Patriots)
Julio Jones (NFL, Atlanta Falcons)
Mookie Betts (MLB, Boston Red Sox)

Need for Speed
Joey Logano (NASCAR)
Katie Ledecky (Swimmer)
Kyle Busch (NASCAR)
Lewis Hamilton (Formula 1 Racing)
Lindsey Vonn (Alpine Ski Racer)
Mikaela Shiffrin (Alpine Ski Racer)

Sickest Moves
Alex Morgan (NWSL, Orlando Pride)
Carli Lloyd (NWSL, Sky Blue FC)
Russell Westbrook (NBA, Oklahoma City Thunder)
Saquon Barkley (NFL, New York Giants)
Trae Young (NBA, Atlanta Hawks)
Zlatan Ibrahimović (MLS, LA Galaxy)

Nothing But Net
James Harden (NBA, Houston Rockets)
John Tavares (NHL, Toronto Maple Leafs)
Kawhi Leonard (NBA, Toronto Raptors)
Klay Thompson (NBA, Golden State Warriors)
Lionel Messi (La Liga, FC Barcelona)
Stephen Curry (NBA, Golden State Warriors)

Favorite Soccer Star*
Alex Morgan (NWSL, Orlando Pride)
Carli Lloyd (NWSL, Sky Blue FC)
Carlos Vela (MLS, Los Angeles FC)
Lionel Messi (La Liga, FC Barcelona)
Zlatan Ibrahimović (MLS, LA Galaxy)

Favorite Golfer*
Brooks Koepka
Dustin Johnson
Lexi Thompson
Rickie Fowler
Rory McIlroy
Tiger Woods

Favorite Tennis Player*
Naomi Osaka
Novak Djokovic
Rafael Nadal
Roger Federer
Serena Williams
Sloane Stephens

Favorite Baseball Player*
Aaron Judge (New York Yankees)
Bryce Harper (Philadelphia Phillies)
Christian Yelich (Milwaukee Brewers)
Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles Dodgers)
Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angels)
Mookie Betts (Boston Red Sox)

Favorite Basketball Player*
Breanna Stewart (Seattle Storm)
Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks)
James Harden (Houston Rockets)
Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers)
Kevin Durant (Golden State Warriors)
LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers)
Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors)

Favorite Football Player*
Baker Mayfield (Cleveland Browns)
Khalil Mack (Chicago Bears)
Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City Chiefs)
Rob Gronkowski (New England Patriots)
Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks)
Saquon Barkley (New York Giants)
Tom Brady (New England Patriots)

Favorite Hockey Player*
Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals)
Braden Holtby (Washington Capitals)
Jonathan Toews (Chicago Blackhawks)
Marc-André Fleury (Vegas Golden Knights)
P.K. Subban (Nashville Predators)
Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks)
Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins)

Favorite Esports Star*
DanTDM
Jacksepticeye
SonicFox
SSSniperWolf
TimtheTatMan
TSM_Myth

Favorite Gymnast*
Aly Raisman
Laurie Hernandez
Ragan Smith
Sam Mikulak
Simone Biles
Yul Moldauer

Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Sports 2019 is produced by Done and Dusted in association with Nickelodeon Productions. Executive producers are Jay Schmalholz, Constance Schwartz and Michael Strahan of SMAC Entertainment, alongside Guy Carrington, Ian Stewart, and Hamish Hamilton of Done and Dusted, with Hamilton also serving as director of the show. Production of Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Sports 2019 for Nickelodeon is overseen by Rob Bagshaw, Executive Vice President, Unscripted Content.

Nickelodeon, now in its 40th 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 brand includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, location based experiences, publishing and feature films. 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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Originally published: Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 6:11pm BST.

Additional sources: Wikipedia, Miami Herald.
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