Kids' Choice Sports Awards Host Russell Wilson Promises "Slimy, Wild, Impactful" Show
The Seattle Seahawks quarterback will host the fourth annual awards, which tapes Thursday at UCLA.
The 2017 Kids' Choice Sports Awards will honor athletes from numerous sports and put them head-to-head in a series of new relays, games, challenges and obstacles never before seen on any previous Kids Choice show.
"It's going to be slimy, wild and it’s going to be impactful," Russell Wilson, quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, who is returning as host for a third time, told The Hollywood Reporter.
Wilson also said that this year's event will feature a new relay and a new game referred to as "High Hoops."
He added: "There may be another football player here that comes out with me at some point, there may be a few of them, but this one in particular, he may come out and do a cool little challenge."
He declined to say more, but teased: "There will be lots of surprises, but it wouldn't be a surprise if I told you too much."
Wilson, who has already been slimed three times, revealed he is most excited to slime Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps. The swimmer is set to receive the Legend Award — following in the footsteps of previous recipients Kobe Bryant, David Beckham and Derek Jeter — and will be showered in a special gold slime. The award honors "athletes who are the ultimate role models to kids across the globe, inspiring generations year after year."
“I have slimed Kobe Bryant before and now this year, another legend, which is Michael Phelps,” said Wilson.
As this will be Wilson’s third time hosting the Kids' Choice Sports Awards, the Super Bowl champ recalled his transition from recipient to host.
"The first time I was ever here was after my rookie year, and I won best newcomer," Wilson recalled. "I remember Michael Strahan was the host at that time, and I specifically said to my right-hand person, 'I hope I could host it next year.' Next thing you know, two months later, they ended up calling and asking if I wanted to host for the first time."
Wilson hopes to return again for the 2018 Kids' Choice Sports: “I want to do it for a long time and do it for many years to come."
Indeed, Wilson is passionate about working with youth. He founded and hosts the Russell Wilson Passing Academy, a football camp for kids age 8-17 in various parts of the world (next week it's in China, followed by Anchorage, Alaska), and launched the Why Not You Foundation in 2014 that encourages and inspires youth to overcome obstacles and embrace opportunities to become leaders.
"My parents always encouraged rather than discouraged, and I hope that I can be the same way to my own kids and also the kids I get to affect," Wilson said. "I think God has given me an amazing opportunity to do that, so that is really exciting."
On Wednesday, Wilson also launched a new website, traceme.com, which is a destination for fans to follow him this week and next as an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at his life and work.
The 2017 Kids' Choice Sports Awards will be taped Thursday at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles and will air Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Nickelodeon. Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky and tennis star Serena Williams lead the nominations with three apiece.