In honor of the first ever Kids' Choice Sports (KCS) Awards – the only award show for kids that celebrates sports icons and fandom - Nickelodeon hosted a line-up of summer events at ballparks across the U.S. giving fans the chance to show off their super fandom.
Contestants and fans experienced a taste of the professional athlete life.
The tour concluded with the Kids' Choice Sports Half-Court Shot Contest which gave kids from across Los Angeles area the chance to compete in a series of basketball challenges. One finalist took the stage at the KCS Awards and had five chances to shoot a half-court shot to win $50,000 on live TV and... HE MADE IT!
It was such a great success, Nickelodeon added football and soccer challenges in the following years, hosting tryouts at major sporting arenas in select markets across the country. Finalists for each sport were flown out to attend the KCS Awards and try their hand (or foot!) at the $50K Challenge live on TV. In addition to the tryouts, participants had access to Fan Zones, Nick Radio DJs, and, of course, lots of Nick Sports swag!