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Kids' Choice Sports

Kids' Choice Sports

Spring 2016 Television
Ages: 6 - 12 yrs.
Producer: Nickelodeon
Rating: TV G

Have you ever watched the Kids' Choice Awards? It's a live event/show that has been around since 1988, heralding movie and TV stars, as chosen by kids votes. Trophies for categories such as Favorite Buttkicker and Favorite App set it apart from more traditional award shows. There's also a lot of sliming that goes on - as green goo drops on the famous folk, much to everyone's delight.

Now Nickelodeon has come up with the Kids' Choice Sports Awards show. With Russell Wilson as host, and Michael Strahan as executive producer, it's part awards show and part game show for kids - one shoots a basket and wins $50,000 and another wins $50,000 for kicking a soccer ball.

It's a super high energy showcase of all sorts of sports, but in particular this year's U.S. Women's Soccer team and the NBA Golden State Warriors. At the end, New York Yankees star Derek Jeter accepts the lifetime achievement award - and gets slimed with gold goo.

We often see and hear about athletes making news for bad behavior (Hope Solo - the soccer star who was arrested for domestic violence when she hit her nephew and sister- is one of the first faces we see on this special). But it's nice to see a show that tries to celebrate the achievements and hard work of athletes - male or female, of all ages and sports.

My one note to the winners: Use your moment to say something smart to the kids as Derek Jeter did. His message: "Set your goals high. Be a good person." When a sports idol offers some advice like that, it's good for kids to hear it and watch it. And heed it.

Ann Oldenburg   ©2016 Parents' Choice
Ann Oldenburg, lecturer and interim director of the journalism program at Georgetown University, writes about television, food, workplace issues and other pop culture topics. A University of Florida Gator with a degree in journalism, she began her career at The Washington Post and spent more than two decades with USA TODAY. She and her husband have three sons and live in McLean, Virginia.

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