Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Kids' Choice Sports (2016) (SPECIAL)

Kids' Choice Sports (2016) (SPECIAL)

Spring 2017 Television
Ages: 6 - 11 yrs.
Producer: Nickelodeon
Rating: TV G

Everything seems to have an awards show these days, so it's no surprise that the Kids' Choice Awards show has its offshoot, Kids' Choice Sports Awards.

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson wasted no time in getting slimed during this year's extravaganza. "Oh man," he said, as the green goo was poured on him in the first five minutes.

But he showed that he's a good sport (probably his paycheck for the gig made it worth it, too) and went on to emcee the "wildest sports show on the planet," as he called it.

And it is a wild show, at times. Kids compete for $50,000 in a variety of challenges, and famous athletes take part in smaller challenges, along with kids.

New York Yankee pitcher CC Sabathia and Denver Broncos star Von Miller raced around in speedy little cars. Nick Cannon put on hockey goalie gear to be a "professional target" for NHL star Tyler Toffoli and give new meaning to the phrase "celebrity headshot." NBA star Stephen Curry won several awards, including Sickest Move. He also took part in a challenge that involved shooting giant balls into a basket. There was even a pie-eating contest.

All the fun and games of the show are fine, but the athletes need to think a bit more about their messaging. They have a great platform for reaching young kids, and all they really do is thank the fans for voting. That's fine, but it would be nice to see them encourage kids to work hard - on and off the field or court.

Ann Oldenburg   ©2017 Parents' Choice
Ann Oldenburg, assistant director of the journalism program at Georgetown University, began her career at The Washington Post and went on to spend more than two decades with USA Today, where she covered pop culture topics. She and her husband have three sons and live in McLean, Virginia.

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