This Key & Peele Sketch Stole the ESPYs (+ Five Other Great Sports Videos Starring Kids)
Last night’s installment of the ESPYs consisted of the same elbow-rubbing, back-patting, money-burning formula the Worldwide Leader concocted 20 years ago, but it wasn’t an entirely vacuous display of inessential awards and mediocre comedy bits. ESPN prepared a moving tribute to Arthur Ashe Courage and Humanitarian Award winner Robin Roberts — who in 2008 battled breast cancer, and more recently blood cancer — and Jon Hamm wrecked Dwight Howard in his monologue.
But one segment stands above them all, and it was the Key & Peele-led “The Great Start Program” sketch, about a quasi-Boys & Girls club that teaches children how to manage the myriad pitfalls (procuring clean urine, carrying weed, making rap albums) of being a professional athlete:
Since that no doubt put you in a mood to watch more sportsy videos featuring kids, here are five other worthwhile ones—starting with the modern standard-bearer.
Peyton Manning annihilates children on SNL
Hyundai’s Super Bowl ad featuring a pick-up football team comprised of tween mercenaries