Brooklyn Nets backup point guard Tyshawn Taylor was at Boys and Girls High School in Bedford-Stuyvesant on Friday in conjunction with Bedgear Sleep Education to teach kids from the NYPD Youth Police Academy about the importance of sleep.
It was early in the morning and the kids were at school in the summer so it was understandable that they were quiet early on during the presentation. However, as soon as Taylor showed up the kids, who ranged in age from eight to 12, totally flipped out.Taylor participated in a funny demonstration to show the importance of getting a good night’s sleep. Afterward they ran some drills on the Boys High court, posed for pictures with Taylor and got his autograph.
Needless to say, the young kids were pretty excited to meet a NBA player.
“Meeting Tyshawn Taylor was a real honor, Jamal Tucker from Brownsville said. “It was the first time I met a NBA star so I was all hyped about it. He’s really cool.”
“I liked it; it was fun,” 10-year-old Jayden Natoo said. “It was fun especially taking a picture with him. When I took a picture with him I just wanted to scream because I was so excited to meet a NBA player.”
Not everyone was impressed by Taylor’s presence though. Josh Smith, who came wearing a No. 8 Deron Williams jersey, has met his share of NBA players already. “Well, it was cool meeting him, but I experienced this already when I met Carmelo Anthony and Iman Shumpert so it wasn’t a big wow,” Smith said.
The kids were interested in the topic as many of them seemed to not have even thought about the idea of not getting enough sleep before. Many of them were asking Liz Oliner, the Foundation for Sleep Awareness’ director, even after the presentation ended.
“I realized how much sleep does really affect me,” Danielle Jones from Flatbush said. “All of the stuff that she was talking about when you don’t get enough sleep happens to me regularly. Now I’ll have to go to sleep on time.”
Taylor, who admitted he’s not the best sleeper himself, said that he learned some things himself.
“I’m terrible about getting enough sleep,” Taylor admitted. “Especially during the offseason when I don’t have a lot to do. It’s tough sometimes to get to bed early.”
I have to say, Taylor was really great with the kids and posed for a ton of pictures with a smile way longer than I would have been able to put up with it. He even put the funny glasses back on to let me take a photo. On the off chance he ever reads this — thanks Tyshawn. You were a real good sport.