Former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant is going to be honored at Nickelodeon’s “Kids’ Choice Sports” Awards next month, the network announced Monday.
The five-time NBA Champion, two-time NBA Finals MVP and two-time Olympic gold medalist will receive the Legend Award to commemorate his 20-year career with the team.
The special award recognizes Bryant’s record-breaking achievements, unrivaled talent and outstanding sportsmanship on and off the basketball court leading up to his retirement from the NBA on April 13.
“It’s an honor to receive Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Sports Legend Award,” Bryant, 37, said in a statement. “This is a great opportunity to inspire kids to never lose their imaginations and to dream bigger than what they think is possible. If you stay true to that, the hard work, dedication and success will always follow.”
For the second year running, the Nickelodeon’s “Kids’ Choice Sports” will be hosted by Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. It will be taped live from UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles on Thursday, July 14, and premieres on Sunday, July 17, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
The 2016 nominees include Rob Gronkowski, Stephen Curry,Serena Williams, Cam Newton, Ronda Rousey, Holly Holm, Odell Beckham Jr., Cristiano Ronaldo, LeBron James, Tom Brady, J.J. Watt, Aaron Rodgers, Alex Morgan and recent “Dancing With the Stars” contestant Von Miller.