Nickelodeon handed out its first Kids' Choice Sports Awards last night, and it was a party full of stars, blimps, and, of course, slime!
The winners were determined by kids who casted votes online from June 18 - July 17. And they chose Kevin Durant as Best Male Athlete, Gabby Douglas as Best Female Athlete, and Dwyane Wade and Douglas as the King and Queen of Swag. There were categories in all, and every winner received the trademark orange Nickelodeon blimp handed out at the other Kids Choice Awards — except the Sports trophies were topped with a fuzzy orange mohawk.
Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira knows he’s lucky to play baseball for a living. So when he’s not working in the Bronx, he’s using the sport he loves to help kids just over the borough border in Manhattan.
As a board member of Harlem RBI, Teixeira is part of an organization that uses baseball to provide inner-city kids with opportunities to enrich their lives and build their futures. In 2014, the program boasted two impressive stats: 93 percent of its seniors were on track to graduate high school, and all of them have received college acceptance letters.
Harlem RBI celebrated its 2014 seniors — and raised some money for its programs — at its annual Bids for Kids gala, held last month at the posh Cipriani 42nd Street in Manhattan. At the event, SI Kids spoke with Teixeira to find out more about Harlem RBI, his involvement with the organization, and how the kids act with a Yankee hanging around their clubhouse.
Quick: Name the hottest member of this year's Milwaukee Brewers. Slugger Carlos Gomez? Nope. Ryan Braun, the 2011 NL MVP? Try again. Ageless starting pitcher Kyle Lohse? Not even close. No, only one Brewer this season has gotten his own merchandise line, in-stadium accommodations, and bobblehead night. He's the same one whose shirt is the best-selling item in the team store. And believe it or not, he's a dog.
If you’ve always been frustrated by the prospect of having to break in a brand new baseball glove, you can pack away your shaving cream and glove oil. Yesterday, Nike introduced its new Vapor 360 fielding glove, which is the first ever that doesn’t require any breaking in.
As kids, we don’t get to vote for much. But thanks to Nickelodeon, we have a chance to weigh in on who the top celebrities are with the Kids Choice Awards. And now we have our voices heard when it comes to sports, too!
Tomorrow, Nickelodeon will air live the first ever Kids Choice Sports Awards. The show gives us kids to tell the world who our favorite athletes are and who we think are the king and queen of swag. There are 14 categories in all, like Sickest Moves and Clutch Player of the Year, and kids can cast their votes on the Nickelodeon website.
The results will be announced at the live awards show, airing July 17 at 8 p.m. on Nickelodeon. The host of the party will be hosted by Michael Strahan, the former New York Giants linebacker who is now an analyst for Fox Sports and co-host of Live! with Kelly and Michael. SI Kids caught up with Strahan recently to talk about the Kids Choice Sports Awards and his post-football career in broadcasting!
It was finally here: the 2014 Midsummer Classic. The media was allowed on the field early for batting practice, and I was there trying to mingle with the players and other journalists. It was very hard interview anyone because the field was full of reporters and cameras. But Hunter Pence and Brandon Moss were both very nice to talk to me for a few minutes.
When practice was over, the pregame activities began. Teachers from each MLB city were honored, and there was a ceremony celebrating the 75th anniversary of Little League Baseball. Then it was time for the National Anthem, which was sung by Idina Menzel (you might know her as the voice of Elsa in Frozen). It was really cool to see the American flag spread across the field as she sang.
And then it was game time! Things got off to a fast start with a bang-bang play. The leadoff hitter, 2013 National League MVP and Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen, hit the second pitch he saw up the middle. Derek Jeter dove to his left to snag the ball, popped up, and threw it to first. But McCutchen was called safe and spoiled Jeter’s majestic play. Fortunately for the American League, the play didn't lead to a run.
I arrived at the Hyatt for Press Conferences and Player Media Availability. It was really amazing to see how it all works. First there was a press conference where the ASG managers — Cardinals manager Mike Matheny for the NL and Red Sox manager John Farrell for the AL — announced the starting lineups and starting pitchers for the 2014 All Star Game. Derek Jeter was announced as lead off batter for the American League and Adam Wainwright was selected to starting pitcher for the National League.
After the press conference, the American League all-stars were available for questions from the media. I asked questions to six AL players from Jeter to Mike Trout to Matt Wieiters. I was in awe seeing all the great MLB players in one place. The media was bombarding Jeter, but I got in one question: How does it feel to be batting lead off in your final All Star Game? Apparently he hadn't heard this news yet and he acted a little surprised.