Nick Announces Sports Awards Nominees

Nickelodeon has announced the nominees and categories for the inaugural Kids' Choice Sports awards show, in which U.S. kids will choose their favorite athletes from among a wide range of kid-centric categories.

Hosted and executive produced by Michael Strahan (“Live with Kelly and Michael,” “Fox NFL Sunday”), the Kids' Choice Sports 2014 will air live on July 17.

The nominees for Kids' Choice Sports were selected based on an analysis of Q scores, which rank the most recognizable and well-liked athletes according to kids, and the input of the Kids' Choice Sports Council, a group of professionals, athletes and others, from the world of sports.

"Kids love sports and are very, very passionate about their favorite sports stars, so for these world-class athletes, it's going to be a competition they've never experienced before," says Russell Hicks, president of content development and production, Nickelodeon. "It'll be fun and thrilling to see them off their home turf and playing on ours."

Beginning June 5 Nick.com/Sports and the Nick app will host new short-form sports video content featuring their favorite Nick shows, photo galleries of athletic all-stars and Kids’ Choice Sports games. Then on June 12, kids will be able to start casting their votes. 

The categories and nominees are:

Best Male Athlete

  • Tom Brady (NFL, New England Patriots)
  • Kevin Durant (NBA, Oklahoma City Thunder)
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. (NASCAR)
  • LeBron James (NBA, Miami Heat)
  • Derek Jeter (MLB, New York Yankees)
  • Peyton Manning (NFL, Denver Broncos)
  • Dwyane Wade (NBA, Miami Heat)
  • Tiger Woods (Golf)

Best Female Athlete

  • Gabby Douglas (U.S. Gymnastics)
  • Gracie Gold (U.S. Figure Skater)
  • Candace Parker (WNBA, Los Angeles Sparks)
  • Danica Patrick (NASCAR)
  • Hope Solo (NWSL, Seattle Reign FC)
  • Lindsey Vonn (U.S. Skiing)
  • Serena Williams (WTA)

Favorite Newcomer

  • Skylar Diggins (WNBA, Tulsa Shock)
  • Bryce Harper (MLB, Washington Nationals)
  • Yasiel Puig (MLB, Los Angeles Dodgers)
  • Sloane Stephens (WTA)
  • Mike Trout (MLB, Anaheim Angels)
  • Russell Wilson (NFL, Seattle Seahawks)

Favorite Catch (most spectacular, awe-inspiring ball catches)

  • Dez Bryant (NFL, Dallas Cowboys)
  • Calvin Johnson (NFL, Detroit Lions)
  • Yaisel Puig (MLB, Los Angeles Dodgers)
  • Mike Trout (MLB, Anaheim Angels)

Best Save

  • Tim Howard (English club Everton and the U.S. Men's National Team)
  • Henrik Lundqvist (NHL, New York Rangers)
  • Ryan Miller (NHL, St. Louis Blues)
  • Jonathan Quick (NHL, Los Angeles Kings)
  • Hope Solo (NWSL, Seattle Reign FC)

Clutch Player of the Year

  • Carmelo Anthony (NBA, New York Knicks)
  • Skylar Diggins (WNBA, Tulsa Shock)
  • Kevin Durant (NBA, Oklahoma City Thunder)
  • LeBron James (NBA, Miami Heat)
  • Marshawn Lynch (NFL, Seattle Seahawks)
  • David Ortiz (MLB, Boston Red Sox)
  • Abby Wambach (NWSL, The Western NY Flash)

Sickest Moves

  • Sidney Crosby (NHL, Pittsburgh Penguins)
  • Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy and the U.S. Men's National Team)
  • Blake Griffin (NBA, Los Angeles Clippers)
  • Lionel Messi (Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Argentine Men's National Team)
  • Alex Morgan (NWSL, Portland Thorns)
  • Alexander Ovechkin (NHL, Washington Capitals)
  • Chris Paul (NBA, Los Angeles Clippers)
  • Adrian Peterson (NFL, Minnesota Vikings)

Don’t Try This At Home Award

  • Nyjah Huston (American professional street skateboarder)
  • Travis Pastrana (motorsports competitor)
  • Kelly Slater (surfer)
  • Lindsey Vonn (U.S. Skiing)
  • Shaun White (American professional snowboarder and skateboarder)

Smells Like Team Spirit

  • Detroit Red Wings Fans
  • Green Bay Packers Fans
  • Oakland Raiders Fans
  • Oklahoma City Thunder Fans
  • Pittsburgh Steelers Fans
  • Seattle Seahawks Fans

Party Like a Sports Star (Best Victory Celebration)

  • Victor Cruz (NFL, New York Giants)
  • Knowshon Moreno (NFL, Miami Dolphins)
  • Rafael Nadal (ATP)
  • Cam Newton (NFL, Carolina Panthers)
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (Spanish club Real Madrid and Portugal Men's National Team)
  • Abby Wambach (NWSL, The Western NY Flash)

King of Swag (Best Dressed)

  • Eric Decker (NFL, New York Jets)
  • Henrik Lundqvist (NHL, New York Rangers)
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (Spanish club Real Madrid and Portugal Men's National Team)
  • Amar'e Stoudemire (NBA, New York Knicks)
  • Dwyane Wade (NBA, Miami Heat)
  • Russell Westbrook (NBA, Oklahoma City Thunder)

Queen of Swag

  • Skylar Diggins (WNBA, Tulsa Shock)
  • Gabby Douglas (US Gymnast)
  • Lolo Jones (US Track and Field and Bobsled)
  • Maria Sharapova (WTA)
  • Lindsey Vonn (US Skiing)
  • Serena Williams (WTA)

Biggest Cannon (Best Sports Arm)

  • Novak Djokovic (ATP)
  • Clayton Kershaw (MLB, Los Angeles Dodgers)
  • Cam Newton (NFL, Carolina Panthers)
  • Aaron Rodgers (NFL, Green Bay Packers)
  • Ben Roethlisberger (NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Justin Verlander (MLB, Detroit Tigers)
  • Serena Williams (WTA)

Favorite Comeback Athlete

  • Bethany Hamilton (Surfer)
  • Peyton Manning (NFL, Denver Broncos)
  • Adrian Peterson (NFL, Minnesota Vikings)
  • Albert Pujols (MLB, Anaheim Angels)
  • Rajon Rondo (NBA, Boston Celtics)
  • Russell Westbrook (NBA, Oklahoma City Thunder)

Superstar Siblings

  • Dufour-Lapointe sisters (Olympic Mogul Skiing, Justine, Chloe and Maxime)
  • Gasol brothers (NBA, Pau (LA Lakers), Marc (Memphis Grizzlies))
  • Gronkowski brothers (NFL, Rob (NE Patriots), Dan (Detroit Lions) and Chris (San Diego Chargers))
  • Lopez brothers (NBA, Brook (NJ Nets), Robin (Portland Trailblazers))
  • Manning brothers (NFL, Peyton (Denver Broncos), Eli (NY Giants))
  • Staal brothers (NHL, Eric (Carolina Hurricanes), Marc (NY Rangers), Jordan (Carolina Hurricanes), Jared (Carolina Hurricanes))
  • Upton brothers (MLB, Atlanta Braves, BJ and Justin)
  • Williams sisters (WTA , Venus and Serena)

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