In sports lingo, the 2017 Kids’ Choice Sports Awards was a slam dunk, touchdown and homerun. With thousands of fans and sports stars gathering in UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion, as well as the multitude of viewers watching from home, the fourth annual rendition of the awards show treated its audience to cameos by the U.S. Olympic team’s Final Five, raucous events such as the Slime Mountain challenge, an award honoring legendary Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer Michael Phelps, and much more.
Guiding us through it all was the incredible emceeing of third-time host Russell Wilson. As a football superstar and new father, Wilson easily took the head play caller’s role to steer a show celebrating both kids and sports.
Check out some of the highlights from Nick’s slime-filled sports extravaganza.
Phelps Gets Hit with a New Kind of Gold Honor
As the #GOAT of swimming (28 Olympic metals; 23 of them gold), Michael Phelps was an easy choice for Nickelodeon’s Legend Award. Joining the ranks of Kobe Bryant and Derek Jeter, Phelps thanked the cheering fans before being drenched by the special golden slime reserved for legends.
“Dream, plan, reach,” Phelps told the audience. “Every one of you guys in here is so talented. You all should dream so big and reach for any goal you possibly can think of.”
A Final Five Surprise
Though it’s been a year since the XXXI Olympics in Brazil, the Final Five – as the women’s U.S. gymnastics squad dubbed themselves – has continued to inspire and excite the nation through the summer of 2017. Thus, it was a sweet surprise when three of the gold medal-winning gymnasts – Simone Biles, Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas – popped up on the Kids’ Choice Sports Awards’ orange carpet. While teammates Madison Kocian and Laurie Hernandez were unable to make the event in person, fans cheered madly when Hernandez graced the jumbotron to accept the Favorite Newcomer award. In addition, the ladies threw down in a scooter race and Biles beat out tennis legend Serena Williams for the honor of Favorite Female Athlete.
KCA Sports is a fans first event and the kids were thrilled to show off their athletic talents on TV. Competitions included a crossbar challenge, a half court shot contest and a fan football toss. Even pro athletes challenged themselves in new ways – like when NBA players DeAndre Jordan and Andre Drummond smashed, puzzled and swam their way through the Slime Mountain challenge, a life-size chutes and ladders-esque game requiring extreme athleticism. Jordan earned the gold medal after sliding down an 80-foot ramp in style to audience cheers.
Haven’t seen enough sports and slime? Check out Nickelodeon’s KCA Sports highlight reel and their website for more games and golden slime.