Wolves’ Gomes Meets With Hospital Kids; Yao Talks to Sichuan Students in N.Y.

Ryan Gomes

Minnesota Timberwolves F Ryan Gomes took a Reading Time-Out recently at Gillette Children’s Hospital in St. Paul, visiting children with chronic physical and neurological disabilities.

Gomes: “It’s different than being at a normal hospital, because its just kids like eight or 10 years old. It’s even more important to support them.”

Everhart noted that Gomes “showed his personal, charismatic side throughout the visit.” He “chatted to one patient playing a racing video game with his tongue about how he hated to lose to the computer.” Gomes also “surprised another by performing some clever sleight-of-hand and revealing a Polaroid of the two of them together” (Matt Everhart, Minnesota Timerwolves).

Yao Ming: The New York Times’ George Vecsey reported that last Monday, when the Houston Rockets were in New York to play the Knicks, Rocket C Yao Ming met “with 20 students selected from the diaspora of Sichuan students placed” in New York after China’s earthquake last year.

The students were selected after Governor David Paterson “committed the state’s university system to further improve its long contact with China.”

Ming, on the students: “Their energy. They are so smart. Amazing ideas. They have such a bright future. They will help change the world” (George Vecsey, New York Times, 1/26). Read the entire New York Times piece

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