Kyrie Irving Heads To Harvard Business School
On Tuesday, (Sept. 11), Nicole Yang of Boston.com reported that Boston Celtics juggernaut Kyrie Irving is joining his professional athlete peers, Paul Millsap and Martellus Bennett, at Harvard Business School. He plans to take the “Crossover Into Business” course for the fall semester.
Anita Elberse, a professor at Harvard Business School, will be teaching the course which is “built to help professional athletes be better prepared for business activities during and after their active sports careers,” according to the course description listed on the school’s website. America's Next Top Model host Tyra Banks and former music industry executive L.A. Reid have also attended Harvard Business School.
Irving and his classmates are going to be matched by their professor with a pair of Harvard business MBA students who will be their mentors. Their mission will be to “develop their business acumen and empower them to make better business decisions.”
Yesterday professional athletes from the @NBA, @WNBA, @NFL, @MLS, @UFC, and @ABTBallet joined us for @anitaelberse's #CrossoverIntoBusiness program. Athletes will spend the semester developing their business acumen by working with MBA student mentors. https://t.co/fL1Yj3y13S. pic.twitter.com/m2wMgkcvxm
— Harvard Business (@HarvardHBS) September 11, 2018
Irving attended the program’s kickoff event on Monday (Sept. 10) along with athletes from the NBA, NFL, WNBA, UFC, Major League Soccer and the American Ballet Theater. The school shared a picture with all of them smiling, cheering and making funny faces the next day around 11 a.m. via its social media account.
The 26-year old NBA star is already branding himself when he’s not on the court. Irving has done commercials for Nike, Footlocker, and Pepsi where he used his alter ego -- Uncle Drew-- for the latter that was also turned into a sports comedy flick this summer.
Although Irving will be studying at the Ivy League school, he has yet to finish his bachelor’s degree from Duke University. He put it on hold in 2011 after he was selected to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers.