Press Release from Cartoon Network:
First Lady Michelle Obama will make a special taped appearance at Cartoon Network’s upcoming Hall of Game Awards (HallofGame.com). Mrs. Obama founded Let’s Move! two years ago to solve the problem of childhood obesity. The First Lady will appear onscreen to speak about the importance of getting active and to congratulate “Let’s Move L.A.” on the work they’ve done to get people moving.
Hosted by basketball legend and TNT NBA analyst Shaquille O’Neal, the second annual Cartoon Network Hall of Game Awards, premieres Monday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. (ET/PT) and is a high-energy, off-the-wall, multi-platform experience that lets viewers vote and honor their favorite sports stars and sports moments of the year.
In addition to musical performances by Hot Chelle Ray and Flo Rida viewers can tune in to see Los Angeles Galaxy star David Beckham as well as Nick Cannon (America’s Got Talent), Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints quarterback), Victor Cruz (New York Giants wide receiver), Cam Newton (Carolina Panthers quarterback), Hope Solo (Pro and World Cup soccer goalie), Rico Rodriguez (Modern Family), Zachary Gordon (Diary of a Wimpy Kid), Jennette McCurdy (iCarly) Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher), Matthew Stafford (Detroit Lions quarterback), Maya Gabeira, (Pro surfer), Tony Gonzalez (Atlanta Falcons tight end), Hakeem Nicks (New York Giants wide receiver), Terrell Suggs (Baltimore Ravens linebacker), Torii Hunter (Los Angeles Angels right fielder), Jimmy Graham (New Orleans Saints tight end), AJ Green (Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver), Calvin Johnson (Detroit Lions wide receiver), Matt Kemp, (Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder), Steve McCann (BMX rider) and The Miz (WWE Superstar).
Also appearing are the cast of Cartoon Network’s Dude, What Would Happen—C.J. Manigo, Jackson Rogow and Ali Sepasyar—as well as the cast from Cartoon Network’s newest live-action comedy Level Up—Gaelan Connell, Connor del Rio, Jessie T. Usher, Aimee Carrero and Lonny Ross, and the 2011 SI Kids SportsKid of the Year.
Voting on HallofGame.com has passed 92 million. Fans can log on to HallofGame.com and vote for their favorites in 11 different categories.
The nominees are:
He’s Got Game(The award for the best male athlete.)Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks (NBA)Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers (NFL)LeBron James, Miami Heat (NBA)Derek Jeter, New York Yankees (MLB)
She’s Got Game(The award for the best female athlete.)Maya Moore, Minnesota Lynx (WNBA)Maria Sharapova (Tennis)Hope Solo, U.S. Team (Soccer)Lindsey Vonn, U.S. Team (Skiing)
We Got Game Dallas Mavericks (NBA)Boston Bruins (NHL)Green Bay Packers (NFL)St. Louis Cardinals (MLB)
Alti-Dude(Top alternative sports high flyer.)Ryan Sheckler (Skateboarding)Shaun White (Snowboarding)Kelly Slater (Surfing)Steve McCann (BMX)
Captain Clutch St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese (MLB)World Cup soccer forward Abby WambachDenver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow (NFL)Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki (NBA)
Dynamic Duo Dwayne Wade and LeBron James of the Miami Heat (NBA)Clayton Kershaw and Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers (MLB)Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson of the Detroit Lions (NFL)Blake Griffin and Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers (NBA)
Most Awesome Mascot Sacramento Kings “Slamson” (NBA)Jacksonville Jaguars “Jaxson de Ville” (NFL)San Jose Sharks “S.J. Sharkie” (NHL)Cleveland Indians “Slider” (MLB)
Gnarliest Newb, Sponsored by Kids Foot Locker(The award for the top rookie.)Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers (NFL)Jeff Skinner, Carolina Hurricanes (NHL)Trevor Bayne (NASCAR)Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta Braves (MLB)
Dance Machine(The award for the best celebratory dance.)Victor Cruz, New York Giants (NFL)Novak Djokovic (Tennis) Minnesota Lynx (WNBA) Carl Edwards (NASCAR)
That’s How I Roll(The award for the most stylish athlete.)
David Beckham, Los Angeles Galaxy (Soccer)Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat (NBA)Serena Williams (Tennis)Brian Wilson, San Francisco Giants (MLB)
Here to Rumble(The award for the best WWE ring entrance.)The MizJohn CenaUndertakerKofi Kingston
Additional categories include:
Super Siblings Daniel and Henrik Sedin (NHL)Serena and Venus Williams (Tennis)Justin and B.J. Upton (MLB)Rob and Chris Gronkowski (NFL)
Fanatic Fanstars Boston Bruins fans (NHL)St. Louis Cardinals fans (MLB)Pittsburgh Steelers fans (NFL)New York Knicks fans (NBA)
Amped Up Anthem LMFAO, “Party Rock Anthem”Tinie Tempah, “Written in the Stars”Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera, “Moves Like Jagger”Flo Rida, “Good Feeling”
Best Foes Forever LeBron James/Kobe Bryant (NBA)Chicago Cubs/Chicago White Sox (MLB)Sidney Crosby/Alex Ovechkin (NHL)Baltimore Ravens/ Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL)
All-Pro Class Clown Metta World Peace – f.k.a. Ron Artest (NBA)Hines Ward (NFL)Torii Hunter (MLB)Kevin Love (NBA)
Sickest Showdown New England Patriots vs. New York Giants: Super Bowl XLVI (NFL)St. Louis Cardinals vs. Texas Rangers: World Series Game 6/7 (MLB)Carl Edwards vs. Tony Stewart: Sprint Cup Series (NASCAR)Rafael Nadal vs. Novak Djokovic: Australian Open (Tennis)
In It To Win It Bob Burnquist (Skateboarding)Eli Manning (NFL)Dwight Howard (NBA)Matt Kemp (MLB)
Whoa-Ment Blake Griffin: Monster dunk on Kendrick Perkins (NBA)Derek Jeter: Home run to give him 3,000 hits (MLB)Mario Manningham: Super Bowl XLVI sideline catch (NFL)Heath Frisby: First ever snowmobile front flip (Winter X Games 2012)
Icon Award: King of the Kick David Beckham (Los Angeles Galaxy)
Cartoon Network’s Hall of Game Awards is once again produced by IMG Media, the production arm of global sports, entertainment and media company, IMG. Time Inc. Sports Group’s SI KIDS franchise is again serving as the official media partner. Veteran, award-winning television and special events producers, Michael Dempsey and Steve Mayer return as executive producers. Viewers can expect a star-packed red carpet, on stage celebrity surprises, icons from television, film, music and sports, and hilarious hijinks all wrapped up into one awesome awards show.
About Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com), currently seen in more than 99 million U.S. homes and 168 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s ad-supported cable service now available in HD offering the best in original, acquired and classic entertainment for youth and families. Nightly from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. (ET/PT), Cartoon Network shares its channel space with Adult Swim, a late-night destination showcasing original and acquired animated and live-action programming for young adults 18-34.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news; entertainment; animation and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.
About IMG Media
IMG Media operates from over 30 offices worldwide and distributes content across all forms of media including TV, Audio, Fixed Media, Inflight and Closed Circuit, Broadband and Mobile. IMG Media Production generates 6000 hours of programming, over 200 projects in locations around the world. These include coverage of: New York City Marathon, Masters, PGA Championship, ATP and WTA Tennis, Professional Bull Riding, television and digital production for both Wimbledon and the R and A, Premier League Soccer Productions, Total Rugby for the IRB, Transworld Sport, FIFA Futbol Mondial and FIFA World Cup Preview Series. IMG Media also has produced entertainment specials such as: Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials, World’s and Year’s Funniest Commercials for TBS, Christmas in Rockefeller Center, and Boston Pops 4th of July Spectacular. IMG Media also maintains the world’s largest sports archive with more than 250,000 hours of footage.
About Time Inc. Sports Group’s SI KIDS Franchise
The SI Kids franchise is anchored by the flagship monthly and includes the website (www.SIkids.com), books, events, licensed products and the annual “SportsKid of the Year” platform. For 21 years SI Kids has helped young fans (8 and up) learn about positive values, good sportsmanship and healthy lifestyle through sports. The franchise delivers SI’s in-depth reporting, action photography, first-person athlete accounts and features to a monthly audience of 4.9mm. Today, more than 60% of current Sports Illustrated readers have subscribed to SI Kids.