[06/24/20 - 09:19 AM] Stephen Curry to Crown the World's Greatest Stay-at-Home Athlete in YouTube's "UHC: Ultimate Home Championship" The competition features some of the most exciting athletes and sports talent on YouTube, including The F2, Ryan García, DeAndre Jordan, Kristopher London, Von Miller, Ronda Rousey and Lindsey Vonn.
[via press release from YouTube]
STEPHEN CURRY TO CROWN THE WORLD'S GREATEST STAY-AT-HOME ATHLETE IN YOUTUBE'S "UHC: ULTIMATE HOME CHAMPIONSHIP"
VIRTUAL FUNDRAISING EVENT FEATURING NINJA, RONDA ROUSEY, KRISTOPHER LONDON, VON MILLER, LINDSEY VONN, THE F2 AND MORE PREMIERES JUNE 26 ON STEPHEN CURRY'S YOUTUBE CHANNEL
LOS ANGELES, CA, June 24, 2020 -- YouTube Originals today announced "UHC: Ultimate Home Championship," a first-of-its-kind competition special premiering Friday, June 26 at 12:00pm ET / 9:00am PT on host Stephen Curry's YouTube channel, which since relaunching in 2018 has grown to more than 1.25m subscribers. The competition features some of the most exciting athletes and sports talent on YouTube, including The F2, Ryan García, DeAndre Jordan, Kristopher London, Von Miller, Ronda Rousey and Lindsey Vonn, and "sideline commentators" including gaming superstar Tyler "Ninja" Blevins, ESPN's Katie Nolan, and Saturday Night Live's Ego Nwodim.
"With 'Ultimate Home Championship,' we were able to create a fun and safe environment for entertaining competition," said Stephen Curry. "We invited the best athletes in the world to compete and raise money for a great cause."
The last several months have been an unprecedented time for professional sports, with every major league putting its operations on pause. But even with stadiums going dark, the spirit of competition is alive and well and videos of athletes training and competing in their own homes have exploded on social media. Enter the Ultimate Home Championships - a tournament where athletes and creators compete from their homes for the title of world's greatest at-home athlete.
The competition, which is built around four, high-octane rounds of at-home events from a laundry hamper basketball to a DIY high jump, will raise funds for the World Health Organization's COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund with viewers encouraged to donate directly on the "Ultimate Home Championship" watch page.
"UHC: Ultimate Home Championship" is part of a new slate of YouTube Originals aimed to support, entertain and educate viewers around the world during this global pandemic through the platform's #GetBy WithMe Campaign. Other recent projects include "Bear Witness, Take Action," a global conversation uniting YouTube creators, influential public figures and prominent activist voices to create change, heighten awareness and raise funding to protect black lives on June 13 and "Dear Class of 2020," a tribute to this year's graduating class centered around the timely themes of hope, resilience, and camaraderie on June 7.
The special is Executive Produced by Stephen Curry, along with Unanimous Media (Curry's multimedia company) and Portal A, an award-winning content company specializing in original and branded entertainment. The special was developed and produced by Unanimous Media and Portal A.
Susanne Daniels is Global Head of Original Content for YouTube. Alex Piper, Head of Unscripted for YouTube Originals and Lauren Celinski, Development Lead for YouTube Originals, will oversee the project for the global platform.
About YouTube Originals:
YouTube Originals are award-winning, creative and engaging scripted and unscripted series and films across music, personalities and learning for fans all over the world. Spotlighting both YouTube creators alongside Hollywood's biggest stars, YouTube Originals provide an experience that only YouTube can offer. By tapping into the platform's growing global community, fan engagement product capabilities, and innovative content mixed with pioneering live-streamed specials, there is truly something for everybody. Fans experience YouTube Original content through ad-supported YouTube as well as YouTube Premium, a subscription service that offers access to YouTube Original series and movies, a streaming music platform, and an uninterrupted, ad-free experience across all of YouTube. YouTube Originals are available in nearly 80 countries worldwide.
About Portal A:
PORTAL A is an award-winning content company that creates breakthrough entertainment with the most influential talent and brands in the world. Based in San Francisco and Los Angeles, Portal A produces content with top global brands such as Google, Amazon, and Clorox and develops original programming for streaming networks and platforms. Portal A's work has been seen over 1 billion times and was recently named as Digiday's Video Agency of the Year and Content Agency of the Year.
About Unanimous Media:
Unanimous Media develops and produces premium television, film and digital content with an emphasis on family, faith and sports themes. Founded by NBA superstar Stephen Curry and business partners Jeron Smith (CEO) and Erick Peyton (CCO), Unanimous strives to encourage, empower and uplift audiences through a variety of diverse narratives. Using storytelling as a powerful tool, Unanimous further expands Curry's vision to inspire people around the world.