“So pumped. It’s awesome to be here, I bought my little cousin it’s his birthday next week.” Said Joseph Fauria of the Detroit Lions. “There’s a bunch of professional athletes, trying to have fun and hangout.” He added that for him there is no off season because he’s been working out trying to get in shape and “get back on the grind.”
Fun is just what the atmosphere reflected. All the arrivals on the carpet were “so excited and ready to have a good time” as August Maturo from Girl Meets World said about being there. You saw actor Terry Crews spinning basketballs with the Harlem Globetrotters, singer and actress Victoria Justice pose with Los Angeles Kings mascot Bailey, Sports Kid of the Year Jack Wellman mingle with professional athletes, athletes running into each other and chatting, signing autographs for fans, having fun, meeting new people and much more. The reason the award show was that much more fun and exciting was not just because of sports, but also because it was geared towards kids.
Jake Hopkins of the “Amazing World of Gumball” and Tyler Posey of “Teen Wolf” were both looking forward to seeing skateboarders. Tyler Posey said, “When I was a kid I wanted to be a professional skater, still kind of do, so I admire and respect them.” He was also excited because he just met singer Jason Derulo, which he said is all he wanted.
Blake Garret of the hit show “Mom” was looking forward to meeting football players since he is a big fan and loves playing the video games there in. Scooter of the Harlem Globetrotters was excited to see the host Colin Kaepernick because Kaepernick went to the University of Nevada (Reno) and Scooter is from Las Vegas. Surfer Anastasia Ashley, on the other hand, was excited to see host Cam Newton: “I’m a huge fan of his, and I think he is cute too,” she said.
Quarterbacks Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers and Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers are co-hosts for the event and being excited to see the hosts was a common theme. Justin Williams of the Los Angeles Kings, who was out with his family keeping busy during the Olympic break, was looking forward to seeing how they do. The hosts however were ready to get inside and put on a great show for the kids.
WWE Wrestler The Miz, who arrived with his fiancé – WWE Superstar Maryse Ouellet — said, “I love seeing Cam Newton and Colin Kaepernick go back and forth. I’m curious to see how they do as a host, because you see them on the football field but who knows how they will be as hosts.” He added that he hopes they battle it out as they do on the field, “I hope they do, some say Cam will win, others Colin, I just want to see it.”
Attendees were all into sports, whether they were athletes or not. When asked their favorite sport, answers ranged from basketball, football, baseball and hockey. Singer Jason Derulo, who was performing and arrived in his Dolphins jersey said, “My favorite sport is basketball, but my favorite team is the Dolphins, even though people say they won’t win anything, I’m still rooting for them, I am not the bandwagon fan.”
Jason, who had an amazing Valentine’s Day with girlfriend Jordin Sparks, filled with 10,000 orange roses, a masseuse and Berri’s Pizza, was very excited to be performing because his nieces were watching and are going to be proud of him. He thinks it’s incredible that he is performing for the kids, “I had to change a couple of lyrics, but that’s alright, I want them to enjoy the show as well, a lot of shows we do are late at night, where children aren’t watching, some on channels that they can’t watch, so this is cool that it’s for them.”
Fall Out Boy and The Harlem Globetrotters were also performing and Scooter from the Harlem Globetrotters said, “Were always ready to put on a show for the kids. We do the same thing at our games; we put a lot of smiles on kids’ faces. I always tell people when they come to the game, they never remember the score, they always remember going home laughing and smiling.” Most recently they had two shows at the STAPLES Center on Sunday, February 16.
Skateboarder Nyjah Johnson, who was up for the Alta-Dude award, initially said he won it last year and had hoped to win it again this year. Since the award show allows kids to vote for their favorite sport and sports moments Nyjah added, “I think it makes the event that much more important because, no matter who you are I think all your fans are what matters most. They are the reason we are where we are right now.”
When asked about how important it is that kids are so involved in sports, surfer Anastasia Ashley said, “it’s cool, me being here, because there aren’t too many or enough female athletes. I think it’s really cool to be a part of this movement, that’s up and coming and young. Were able to do stuff like this to show that you can be a female athlete, and still be really cool, fun, cute and aspiring to young kids.”
The Miz had some words of wisdom for young aspiring athletes before he entered to attend the show, “Anytime someone tells you you’re not big, you’re not athletic enough, always believe in yourself, no matter who tells you can’t do something. I’m living proof that you can do whatever you set your mind to. People always told me you have to be 6-foot 7-inches, 300 pounds to be a WWE Superstar and I stand before you a person that’s a former WWE Champion who’s made the main even at WrestleMania. So if you can believe it you can be it, it’s the truth.”
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