Since stay-at-home orders were issued, the boys' basketball team have been checking in with each other regularly on Zoom. This week, while they were discussing the Celtics and breaking down how Hayward plays, the small forward dropped into their conversation.
He said it was "a lot of fun" to see the boys' faces when they realized it was him on their screens.
“How many of you guys have dreams and goals?" Hayward asked the team. "I think you should all make your dreams the highest they can be. Play in the NBA — don’t sell yourself short."
Hayward had no problem taking questions from the aspiring athletes, and he urged the teenagers to use their downtime during the pandemic to improve themselves, which might include doing extra push-ups or watching YouTube videos to help better their skills on the court. He also talked to them about ways to visualize and reach their goals.
"You can do anything you want to do; you have to first and foremost dream about it," Hayward said. "I think it’s important to write them, because it allows you to see it every day. And when you cross it off, you get some pride and it makes you feel good."
Hayward also sent some each of the kids some Celtics merchandise, and he promised to check back in with them throughout the rest of the year.
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