Former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter will be honored with the Legends Award at Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Sports 2015, Nickelodeon announced Tuesday.
Jeter retired following the 2014 season after a 20-year MLB career. He spent his entire career with the Yankees, who drafted him back in 1992.
“I am incredibly honored to receive Nickelodeon’s Legend Award at this year’s Kids’ Choice Sports awards,” said Jeter. “Inspiring kids to follow their dreams and live a healthy lifestyle is so important to me, so I want to take this opportunity to tell all aspiring athletes out there to work hard, love what you do, put your best foot forward and never forget the kid in you.”
During his time in New York, Jeter won five World Series titles and was a 14-time All-Star.
The former shortstop made his first return to Yankee Stadium since retiring last Sunday, when he attended a ceremony retiring the number of ex-teammate Bernie Williams.
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson will host the Kids' Choice Sports 2015. The event will air on July 16 at 8 p.m. ET.
- Molly Geary