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Article: Racecar Icon Danica Patrick Will Be Honored With The “Legend Award” At The 2018 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports PLUS See The List Of Nominees Here!

13 Jun

Photo Credits: Chris Owens IndyCar

Vroom, vroom! She’s ready to race her way on over to get the honorary, gold slime dousing as professional racecar driver and sports icon Danica Patrick will be honored with the “Legend Award” at the highly-anticipated 2018 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports. The Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports never fails to bring an endless amount of excitement as it highlights all of the greatest sports moments from this year and fan-favorite sports stars.

This year’s brilliant award show is bound to be even more remarkable as the stupendous Danica Patrick will be receiving the most prestigious award at the event. Danica Patrick is truly an inspiration to all. She made history as the first female winner in the IndyCar Series and she continues to motivate everyone to work hard and go after their dreams. She brings out so much girl power and confidence with everything and anything that she does and it’s clear to see that the phenomenal Danica Patrick is more than deserving of this exceptional award.

Danica Patrick shared her excitement over receiving the “Legend Award” at this year’s Kids’ Choice Sports and said, “It’s such an honor to receive the Kids’ Choice Sports Legend Award from Nickelodeon. I decided when I was 10 years old I wanted to be a racecar driver. I dreamed big, believed in myself, worked hard, took chances and made the most of every opportunity. Today, I’m honored to be a positive influence on kids and encourage them to stay true to themselves and what they believe in; keep dreaming big and working hard. Bring on the gold slime!” (source: press release)

The outstanding and admirable Danica Patrick is being awarded for her incredible achievements both on and off the racetrack. She has definitely impacted the lives of many with her dedication and passion for what she does. Danica Patrick joins a list of other renowned and respected athletes who have received the “Legend Award” including Michael Phelps, Kobe Bryant, David Beckham and Derek Jeter.

To add onto all of the fun, Nickelodeon also announced the top nominees for the KCS. Female athletes are slaying the game as Alex Morgan, Chloe Kim, Jamie Anderson and Mikaela Shiffrin all received three nominations each. First-time nominees at the Kids’ Choice Sports this year include Lonzo Ball, Danny Amendola, Nick Foles, Alex and Maia Shibutani, Allisha Gray, Aaron Judge and Adam Rippon. In addition, other spectacular nominees include Lindsey Vonn, Cristiano Ronaldo, Venus Williams, Katie Ledecky, Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers, Rob Gronkowski and Von Miller.

In addition, there are also three, awesome and new categories at the 2018 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports. According to the press release, “Kids can vote on three new categories this year including: “Nothing But Net,” highlighting athletes who score the shots; “Heavy Hitters,” celebrating the power-hitters; and “Winter Wonders,” featuring those who dominate the cold weather.” 

Check out the list below to see the categories and nominees for the 2018 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports! Additional categories will be announced closer to the show. Don’t forget to tune in to see all of the sports-filled fun at the 2018 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports airing July 21st at 8:00 PM ET / PT hosted by Houston Rockets’ Point Guard Chris Paul. Comment below and tell me or tweet me at @alexisjoyvipacc, are YOU excited to see Danica Patrick get doused in gold slime as she receives the “Legend Award?” Who do you want to see win a coveted, mohawked blimp at the event?!

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2018 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports Nominees: 

They are, simply put, the best athletes of the year. Driving the offense or barreling through the toughest defense, they never cease to amaze fans with their athleticism, moves and mastery of the game.  In short, the nominees for these two categories represent the best male and female athletes currently competing in traditional sports.



Cristiano Ronaldo (La Liga, Real Madrid C.F., Portugal National Football team)

James Harden (NBA, Houston Rockets)

José Altuve (MLB, Houston Astros)

LeBron James (NBA, Cleveland Cavaliers)

Sidney Crosby (NHL, Pittsburgh Penguins)

Tom Brady (NFL, New England Patriots)



Alex Morgan (NWSL, Orlando Pride, US Women’s National Team)

Chloe Kim (Professional Snowboarder, US Team)

Jamie Anderson (Professional Snowboarder, US Team)

Katie Ledecky (Competitive Swimmer, US Team)

Mikaela Shiffrin (Skiing, US Ski Team)

Sloane Stephens (WTA)

Venus Williams (WTA)



All professional athletes do incredible things, but there are a select few who also look incredible while they’re doing it. The male and female nominees in these two categories are the best dressed and most stylin’ athletes off the court.



Adam Rippon (Professional Figure Skater, US Team)

Chris Paul (NBA, Houston Rockets)

Neymar Jr. (France Ligue 1, Brazil National Football Team, Paris Saint-Germain)

Odell Beckham Jr. (NFL, New York Giants)

P.K. Subban (NHL, Nashville Predators)

Russell Westbrook (NBA, Oklahoma City Thunder)

Travis Kelce (NFL, Kansas City Chiefs)



Brighton Zeuner (Professional Skateboarder)

Ibtihaj Muhammad (Fencing, US Team)

Jamie Anderson (Professional Snowboarder)

Michelle Wie (LPGA)

Serena Williams (WTA)

Skylar Diggins-Smith (WNBA, Dallas Wings)

Sydney Leroux (NWSL, Orlando Pride)



Some of the most incredible arms in sports belong to athletes from the worlds of baseball and football. This category honors pitchers and quarterbacks with the strongest arms in the game.


Aaron Rodgers (NFL, Green Bay Packers)

Clayton Kershaw (MLB, Los Angeles Dodgers)

Corey Kluber (MLB, Cleveland Indians)

Dak Prescott (NFL, Dallas Cowboys)

Justin Verlander (MLB, Houston Astros)

Russell Wilson (NFL, Seattle Seahawks)



This award honors those players that are an undeniable force on the field, court and in the ring. Like a freight train or a Mack Truck, these athletes have so much power in their play that they cannot be stopped. They are the power forwards that slam dunk with such force they can shatter a backboard, the football players that move with such power that it takes an entire team to stop them and the MMA fighter that is unstoppable in the ring.


Anthony Davis (NBA, New Orleans Pelicans)

Draymond Green (NBA, Golden State Warriors)

Giannis Antetokounmpo (NBA, Milwaukee Bucks)

Joel Embiid (NBA, Philadelphia 76ers)

Rob Gronkowski (NFL, New England Patriots)

Rose Namajunas (MMA)

Von Miller (NFL, Denver Broncos)



This award celebrates the power hitter athletes with the biggest swings and strongest shots on the baseball field, tennis court, ice rink and golf course. These athletes have unbeatable strength and it shows with their impressive, game-winning hits.


Aaron Judge (MLB, New York Yankees)

Alex Ovechkin (NHL, Washington Capitals)

Bryce Harper (MLB, Washington Nationals)

Dustin Johnson (Golf)

Giancarlo Stanton (MLB, New York Yankees)

Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson (U.S. Women’s National Ice Hockey Team)

Venus Williams (WTA)



Teammates rely on these athletes to make the plays when it counts the most. Their participation is clutch to the success of their teams, and the fans know it.  The nominees in this category come from a variety of sports and alter the game just by being on the field.


Carli Lloyd (NWSL, Sky Blue FC, US Women’s National Team)

Chris Paul (NBA, Houston Rockets)

Katie Ledecky (Competitive Swimmer, US Team)

Kevin Durant (NBA, Golden State Warriors)

Lionel Messi (La Liga, FC Barcelona, Argentina National Football Team)

Nick Foles (NFL, Philadelphia Eagles)



They flip, fly and soar their way into the highlight reels of the X Games and other action sports competitions on the regular, and kids can’t get enough. They’re the death-defying athletes who risk their lives and limbs every day to accomplish the impossible.


Chloe Kim (Professional Snowboarder, US Team)

Colton Walker (BMX)

Ibtihaj Muhammad (Fencing, US Team)

Lakey Peterson (World Surf League)

Mirai Nagasu (Professional Figure Skaters, US Team)

Nyjah Huston (Professional Skateboarder)

Shaun White (Professional Snowboarder, US Team)



The excitement surrounding a new sports prospect can be incredible, especially when that prospect starts to deliver on the anticipation of greatness. The nominees in this category represent the first or second year pros who have lived up to the hype–in other words, the newbie that is most likely to succeed.


Aaron Judge (MLB, New York Yankees)

Allisha Gray (WNBA, Dallas Wings)

Ben Simmons (NBA, Philadelphia 76ers)

Deshaun Watson (NFL, Houston Texans)

Donovan Mitchell (NBA, Utah Jazz)

Lonzo Ball (NBA, Los Angeles Lakers)

Red Gerard (Professional Snowboarder, US Team)



Every season has its most-talked-about, spectacular or awe-inspiring catches and saves. The nominees in this category represent athletes from the MLB, NFL, NHL and U.S. Women’s Ice Hockey team. These athletes have made the most unbelievable, highlight reel-worthy catches and incredible saves of the year.


Antonio Brown (NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers)

Danny Amendola (NFL, Miami Dolphins)

Julio Jones (NFL, Atlanta Falcons)

Maddie Rooney (U.S. Women’s National Ice Hockey Team)

Nolan Arenado (MLB, Colorado Rockies)

Pekka Rinne (NHL, Nashville Predators)



This award honors those players that live life in the fast lane. Whether it’s skiing, skating, driving or sledding, these athletes bring the fast and furious to the race. They are the lightning quick speed demons that won’t stop until they’re in first, and the rest of the competition eats their dust.


Chris Mazdzer (Luge, US Team)

Jimmie Johnson (NASCAR)

John-Henry Krueger (Speed Skating, US Team)

Kyle Busch (NASCAR)

Lindsey Vonn (Skiing, US Team)

Mikaela Shiffrin (Skiing, US Team)



Professional athletes make it look so easy that sometimes fans forget the sheer agility required to play with the best of the best–until they see the nominees of this category do their thing. They’re the soccer players with the mind-blowing dribble, the hockey players who can do amazing things on skates, the football players who dazzle us with their fancy footwork, or the basketball players with the best ball handling skills.


Alex Morgan (NWSL, Orlando Pride, US Women’s National Team)

Alex Ovechkin (NHL, Washington Capitals)

Giannis Antetokounmpo (NBA, Milwaukee Bucks)

Le’Veon Bell (NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers)

Russell Westbrook (NBA, Oklahoma City Thunder)

Stephen Curry (NBA, Golden State Warriors)

Zlatan Ibrahimović (MLS, LA Galaxy)



You need to score to win, and these nominees are the ones scoring the shots! This category honors the most accurate scorers in the game. These are the players who maneuver through the most striking defensive plays and still make the shot, who can come out of a foul and still make the goal, and who work hard at every practice to play an amazingly accurate game.


Alex Morgan (NWSL, Orlando Pride, US Women’s National Team)

Chris Paul (NBA, Houston Rockets)

James Harden (NBA, Houston Rockets)

J.J. Redick (NBA Philadelphia 76ers)

Klay Thompson (NBA, Golden State Warriors)

Kyle Korver (NBA, Cleveland Cavaliers)

Patrick Kane (NHL, Chicago Blackhawks)

Patrik Laine (NHL, Winnipeg Jets)



These athletes dominate the cold. Their unparalleled strength, grace and agility turn into wins on the slopes and on the ice, proving that these elite winter athletes are the best in the world.


Adam Rippon (Professional Figure Skater, US Team)

Alex and Maia Shibutani (Professional Figure Skaters, US Team)

Chloe Kim (Professional Snowboarder, US Team)

Jamie Anderson (Professional Snowboarder, US Team)

Mikaela Shiffrin (Skiing, US Team)

Red Gerard (Professional Snowboarder, US Team)

Shaun White (Professional Snowboarder, US Team)



VIPAccessEXCLUSIVE: Amazing Musicians, Legendary Tennis Players And A Whole Lot Of Unforgettable Moments – It All Happened At The 2017 Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day – RECAP Here!

28 Aug

Photo Credits: @AAKidsDay on Instagram

The US Open is in full swing and it’s definitely the greatest time of the year for us tennis fans. Well, one of the most remarkable days during the US Open just recently took place and yup, you guessed it, we’re talking about the phenomenal Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day! The outstanding Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day is one event that defines pure excitement. It brings together some of the most talented, fan-favorite, musical artists along with legendary tennis players all under the Arthur Ashe Stadium’s roof. Whether you’re watching the Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day in person or live on TV, this exceptional event will always put a big smile on your face and it will never fail to leave you in awe.

On August 26, 2017, fans filed in the Arthur Ashe Stadium for one of the most unforgettable days ever. Each and every year, the Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day brings pure fan-demonium and tennis fun and the extraordinary event manages to get even bigger and better as each year goes by. Without a doubt, this year’s Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day was the best one yet with some of the biggest acts in the music world. Musical sensations including Alex Aiono, Jack and Jack, Why Don’t We, Sofia Carson, New Hope Club, Spencer Sutherland and Saving Forever left everyone mesmerized with their out of this world and breathtaking performances. They all had everyone up on their feet singing along to their hit songs and everyone was definitely fan-girling and fan-boying over the excellent performances. The fantastic, musical event was also hosted by Alex Aiono and Sofia Carson, who brought even more fun to the show.

Everyone’s heart rates went up from excitement when tennis icons including Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Venus Williams, and Angelique Kerber brought their unrivaled and indescribable tennis skills and talent to the court. These tennis greats had a wonderful time taking on a fun tennis challenge with a young tennis player himself who blew everyone away with his great talent. Not everyday do you get to see some of the most renowned and consummate tennis players together only a couple of feet in front of you, and when you do, it’s at the Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day – one of the most excellent events on this planet. It’s so wonderful to see all of these incredible tennis players join together to show their support towards kids following after their dreams and wanting to pursue a career in tennis too. It’s definitely a once in a lifetime experience to see, let alone, have the chance to even play, with tennis players you look up to. It goes to show that the Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day is a sensational event that encourages everyone to work hard, get up and get active, and go after their dreams, and amazing things can be achieved.

Arthur Ashe was a stupendous tennis player who made history with his record-breaking achievements. In addition to being a stellar tennis star, he also was a great inspiration to everyone and he definitely impacted the lives of many. His legacy continues to live on and what Arthur Ashe has contributed to the sport of tennis and to people in general who just want to follow after their dreams and accomplish big things is truly awe-inspiring.

I, Alexisjoyvipaccess had the greatest honor of covering the prestigious 2017 Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day event again for the third year in a row. The Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day is definitely one of my favorite events, for obvious reasons. It’s filled with magnificent memories, great musical performances, adrenaline-filled tennis activities, and it inspires everyone in more ways than imaginable. There is always a special feeling in the air whenever it’s time for the Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day!

Check out some VIPAccessEXCLUSIVE pictures below from my coverage of the 2017 Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day and be sure to stay tuned for interviews with your favorite celebrities from the event on!

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VIPAccessEXCLUSIVE: Alexisjoyvipaccess Covers The Spectacular Arthur Ashe Kids Day – RECAP Here!

28 Aug


Towards the end of August there is always something special in the air. Why, you may ask? It’s officially the US Open season, and what better way to kick-off the spectacular US Open (one of the biggest moments for tennis) than with one of the most outstanding events ever – the Arthur Ashe Kids Day! The Arthur Ashe Kids Day is a stupendous event that celebrates the legacy of legendary tennis player, inspiring leader, and incredible humanitarian Arthur Ashe. The event brings magic together with tennis-inspired activities, tons of outstanding musical performances, and a whole lot of fun for everyone!

The remarkable Arthur Ashe Kids Day event was back again for another incredibly successful and amazing day on August 27, 2016 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center at the Arthur Ashe Kids Day Stadium. The event brought together some of the greatest and biggest musical acts including Troye Sivan, Flo Rida, Laura Marano, Zara Larsson, Jordan Fisher, and Forever In Your Mind. The event had some of the most exceptional performances and every one of the performers brought extra energy to the Arthur Ashe Kids Day Stadium. Troye Sivan made the crowd go “Wild” at the event while Laura Marano had every one up on their feet dancing and singing along to her hit songs like “Boombox.” Flo Rida welcomed everyone to his house with one phenomenal performance that had everyone jamming out. Forever In Your Mind, Zara Larsson, and Jordan Fisher rocked out with some of the greatest performances. A whole lot of music and some extra exciting tennis activities, could there possibly be any other event better than the Arthur Ashe Kids Day to kick-off the US Open? The answer is no!

The event was also hosted by three magnificent individuals – none other than everyone’s faves: Laura Marano, Joey Bragg and Jordan Fisher. These three served as terrific hosts who got everyone looking forward to all of the fantastic things that awaits at the event.

In addition to the remarkable musical performances, four extraordinary and iconic tennis players made their way to the Arthur Ashe Stadium tennis court for some excellent tennis activities with some great kids. Tennis stars including the legendary Venus Williams, Juan Martin Del Porto, Monica Puig, and Steve Johnson continued to leave everyone mesmerized with their out of this world tennis skills. Their talent is truly unsurpassable and all four of these extraordinary athletes continue to be wonderful role models to all of their fans as they show that with hard work, passion, and dedication, any goals can be achieved, something that Arthur Ashe also taught everyone as well. Acting sensation and DJ Ansel Elgort made everyone’s hearts skip a beat as he brought some of his tennis player skills to the event. In addition, musical acts including Citizen Four, Los 5, Sophie Beem, and Tegan Marie all gave fans unforgettable performances at the event’s HESS Festival stage.

The event also had the one and only, America’s hero, Simone Manuel, who made history at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Simone Manuel is truly one of the greatest role models ever to fans as she inspires everyone that nothing is unachievable. She is a legend, an icon, and she will forever go down in history as being one of the greatest individuals.

Without a doubt, the Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day is one of the most awe-inspiring and sensational events for kids, teens, families and people of all ages to enjoy. In fact, this year was the first year ever that the roof at the Arthur Ashe Kids Day closed – history being made for Arthur Ashe Kids Day events! Arthur Ashe Kids Day brings together some of everyone’s favorite things – music, sports, and a great way for bonds to be strengthened and friendships to be created. This event is always so successful every year and is truly something I, Alexisjoyvipaccess and everyone else looks forward to. At the end of each Arthur Ashe Kids Day event, we all always look forward already to the excitement that is to come at next year’s terrific event!

I, Alexisjoyvipaccess had the greatest honor of covering and attending the Arthur Ashe Kids Day event again this year! I always have a magnificent time at Arthur Ashe Kids Day and it is definitely one event that I recommend everyone attends. It truly is one of the greatest events that takes place in New York! Check out some VIPAccessEXCLUSIVE pictures and videos from my coverage of the 2016 Arthur Ashe Kids Day and stay tuned for VIPAccessEXCLUSIVE interviews with the multi-talented and inspiring musician, Troye Sivan as well as the legendary, history-making, Gold Medalist Simone Manuel on! Thanks for another exceptional time at the Arthur Ashe Kids Day!

The Arthur Ashe Kids Day aired on August 28th at 2:00 PM ET on ABC! For more information on the Arthur Ashe Kids Day event, head on over to! Don’t forget to follow the Arthur Ashe Kids Day on Twitter: @AAKidsDay and use #AAKD on all social media networks!