[12/16/11 - 11:55 AM]
Cartoon Network Announces "Hall of Game" Awards Voting Categories
Shaquille O'Neal will host the second annual sports awards show, due in February.

[via press release from Cartoon Network]


Voting Starts Today on HallofGame.com

Cartoon Network today announced the voting categories and nominees for the second annual sports awards show, Cartoon Network Hall of Game Awards, which returns in early 2012. Hosted by basketball legend and TNT NBA analyst Shaquille O'Neal, the Cartoon Network Hall of Game Awards show will feature icons from television, film, music and sports, as kids experience an evening of humor and fun at the most raucous and biggest sports awards show ever. Voting for these award categories is now open for fans on HallofGame.com. For the inaugural event in February of 2011, the site received over 37 million votes.

And the categories and 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)

Most Awesome Mascot
Sacramento Kings "Slamson" (NBA)
Jacksonville Jaguars "Jaxson de Ville" (NFL)
San Jose Sharks "S.J. Sharkie" (NHL)
Cleveland Indians "Slider" (MLB)

(Top alternative sports high flyer.)
Ryan Sheckler (Skateboarding)
Shaun White (Snowboarding)
Kelly Slater (Surfing)
Steve McCann (BMX)

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)

Hosted by basketball legend Shaquille O'Neal, the Cartoon Network Hall of Game Awards 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. This first-of-its-kind, sports award and entertainment event for kids, will once again be produced by IMG Media, the production arm of global sports, entertainment and media company, IMG. Time Inc. Sports Group's SI KIDS franchise will again be serving as the official media partner. Veteran, award-winning television and special events producers, Michael Dempsey and Steve Mayer will 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.

In addition to hosting the Hall of Game Awards, O'Neal also recently joined Turner Sports to serve as an analyst across its portfolio of NBA assets. Beginning with the 2011-12 season, O'Neal will join TNT as a full-time analyst on the network's Emmy Award-winning studio show, alongside Ernie Johnson (host), Kenny Smith (analyst) and Charles Barkley (analyst), and will be a part of the network's exclusive NBA All-Star weekend and NBA Playoffs coverage. He will also be a key contributor to NBA TV and NBA.com, providing analysis and commentary throughout the regular season, as well as for The Finals, All Star Weekend and the NBA Draft.

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.

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