Houston Rockets’ Chris Paul to Host Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Sports 2018

Chris Paul, Houston Rockets’ point guard and former NBA All-Star MVP, will be hosting Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Sports 2018; the only show where kids celebrate their favorite athletes and the year’s most unforgettable sports moments in a superstar sports showdown. Airing Sunday, July 22, at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT), Kids’ Choice Sports 2018 will be taped live on Thursday, July 19, from Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif.

Said Chris Paul, “I grew up on Nickelodeon and now love watching it with my kids, and I can’t wait to share this experience with them. I am honored that Nickelodeon asked me to host this year’s Kids’ Choice Sports awards. I promise to bring the fun, the slime and the most epic stunts in Kids’ Choice Sports history.”

Chris Paul, Houston Rockets' point guard and former NBA All-Star MVP.

Since its inception in 2014, Kids’ Choice Sports has garnered some of the biggest names in sports from hosts Michael Strahan and Russell Wilson to Legend Award recipients David Beckham, Kobe Bryant, Derek Jeter and Michael Phelps. Over the years, the blimps have been presented to: Laurie Hernandez, LeBron James, Rob Gronkowski, Dez Bryant, Lindsey Vonn, Danica Patrick, Carmelo Anthony, Gabby Douglas, Alex Morgan, Dwyane Wade, Stephen Curry, Odell Beckham Jr., Mike Trout, Serena Williams, Usain Bolt, Simone Biles and others.

The slime-soaked celebration has also featured one-of-a-kind challenges with top athletes from across the world of sports: U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team champions Carli Lloyd and Abby Wambach sped through the finish line first against Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green and Klay Thompson during a tricycle relay race (2015); DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers) and Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons) scaled Slime Mountain, battled obstacles and slid their way to victory (2017); and Golden State teammates Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson faced off in the Big Slime Ballers Challenge, a three-point contest where each shot triggered slime-filled nets above kid-rebounders (2016).

KCS2018.com will serve as the official destination for Kids’ Choice Sports 2018. Nominations will be announced next month and kids will be able to cast their votes for their favorite athletes and all-star moments from the past year. After voting, it’s game on, with all-star polls, sports-themed short-form videos, trivia, photos and more for kids to check out online. Additionally, on July 22, kids will have the chance to play along and root for their favorite athletes during the show on KCS2018.com.

In other Nick news, Nickelodeon is bringing back the original kids’ game show Double Dare this summer with 40 brand-new episodes, giving a new generation of fans the chance to compete in the messiest and most physically challenging competition of their lives. With Double Dare remaining an iconic touchstone for its original millennial audiences, the new version will feature the gameplay and challenges they remember, as well as appearances from blasts from the past and stars from today.

Double Dare features two teams competing to win prizes by answering brain-bending trivia questions, completing messy, physical stunts and ultimately facing the infamous obstacle course–the human hamster wheel; the classic gigantic mouth; the wringer; and the iconic Double Dare nose.

Double Dare premiered on Oct. 6, 1986, on Nickelodeon, and ran from 1986-1993, making it the network’s longest running game show. Shortly after its debut, Double Dare became one of the most popular original daily programs on cable television. The series went into syndication in 1988, and was later revamped as Super Sloppy Double Dare in 1989. The show also ran on broadcast television as Family Double Dare in 1988, followed by new versions on Nick, including Double Dare 2000.

Nickelodeon, now in its 39th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids.

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