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Nichyria Byrd Interview

Nichyria Byrd poses with her Kellogg's Frosted Flakes Youth Achievement Award.
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Kellogg's Frosted Flakes Youth Award winner Nichyria Byrd poses with NFL legend Jerry Rice.
Credit - Nils Nilsen

By: Simon

Ever want to know what it's like to go backstage at the ESPYS? Eleven-year old Nichyria Byrd got to find out! As the Kellogg's Frosted Flakes Youth Achievement Award winner, Nichyria got the chance to attend the ESPYS Awards in L.A. The Chicago native earned the award by staying active. Nichyria runs with her teammates on Girls on the Run, she plays basketball, she performs on her school's dance team, she's a good student and she's a good person! We had the honor of interviewing Nichyria about her ESPYS experience!

Simon: Tell us about your ESPYS experience.
Nichyria Byrd: Well my ESPYS experience was awesome! It was my first time on a plane going to LA. I met a lot of people: Jerry Rice, Eli Manning, George Gervin and Joe Theisman. And Justin Timberlake was a great host!

Simon: Did you get to meet Justin?
Nichyria Byrd: No, I didn't get to meet him.

Simon: Have you been to California before?
Nichyria Byrd: It was my first time in California, it was so much fun!

Simon: What was it like being on the red carpet and having your picture taken?
Nichyria Byrd: It was very exciting being there.

Simon: How did you get chosen to go to the ESPYS?
Nichyria Byrd: First I was nominated by Girls on the Run and international then Kelloggs set up a website for the nationwide voting and I had the most votes.

Simon: Who was your favorite person you got to meet?
Nichyria Byrd: My favorite person was Joe Theisman because he let me wear one of his championship rings and we took pictures together which was really cool!

Simon: Did he let you keep the ring?
Nichyria Byrd: Oh no! (laughs) But it was kind of big on my finger anyway!

Simon: What kind of activities to you participate in back home?
Nichyria Byrd: I play basketball, I run with Girls on the Run, I dance and that's about it.

Simon: Why do you like to participate in so many activities and stay active?
Nichyria Byrd: Because it keeps your body fit and it's fun.

Simon: Where are you going to place your trophy?
Nichyria Byrd: Just in my bedroom.

Simon: What advice would you have for kids?
Nichyria Byrd: To dream big, have confidence and believe that you can do anything you put your mind to.

Simon: What would you like to be when you grow up?
Nichyria Byrd: I have a lot of things! (laughs) I would like to be either a lawyer, a runner or a professional dancer.

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