(JULY 17) Budding women's
boxing superstar, community activist, role model and two-time
Olympic gold medalist, Claressa Shields has been bestowed with
another honor, as she has been announced as the winner of the
2017 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Award for "Biggest
In winning the prestigious award,
which honors the heaviest hitters, strongest sluggers and
unstoppable players in sports each year, Shields beat out a
field of such well-known stars as Demarcus Cousins (New Orleans
Pelicans), Von Miller (Denver Broncos), David Ortiz (Boston Red
Sox) and Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angels).
"It is a tremendous honor and great thrill to win the
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Award because it comes from the
kids," said Claressa Shields. "I work hard every day to show all
children that nothing in life is impossible if you believe in
yourself. If this kid from Flint can win Olympic gold medals,
boxing world championships, and succeed in life, then you can do
Shields' promoter, Dmitriy Salita, says she deserves all the
incredible accolades and honors she's received.
"Claressa is a true champion of the people with her incredible
story of overcoming adversity through her own self-belief and
determination. Her accomplishments, inside and outside the ring,
make Claressa a real-life American hero and an inspiration to
every young person."
22-year-old Shields (3-0, 1 KO), from Flint, Michigan, is
currently in training for her first world-title shot on August 4
against German star and WBC Super Middleweight World Champion
Nikki Adler (16-0, 9 KOs). The 10-round super-middleweight
match-up, will be televised live on ShoBox: The New Generation
(10 pm ET/PT), and held at MGM Grand Detroit.
The Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Awards are the only
kid-oriented award show focusing on the world's best athletes
and each year's greatest sports moments. Held at UCLA's Pauley
Pavilion in Los Angeles, this year's broadcast was once again
hosted by Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.
The winners were chosen predominantly by children's online