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Kyrie Irving Heads To Harvard Business School

Irving attended the program’s kickoff event this past Monday (Sept. 10) along with athletes from the NBA, NFL, WNBA, UFC, Major League Soccer and the American Ballet Theater.

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.”

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.

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Serena Williams Graces The Cover Of Her First Wheaties Box

On Tuesday (June 25), General Mills made the announcement that four-time Olympic Gold medalist, Serena Williams, would be the next dynamic athlete on the notable cereal box. Williams posted on her Instagram that same day, overjoyed with the news.

"Althea Gibson was the FIRST Black Woman tennis player to be on the box. Today, I am honored to be the second," she captioned. This honor makes her the fourth female tennis player and the first active tennis player since 2000 to be featured on Wheaties, as reported by ABC News.

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In 2001, Wheaties paid homage to a true champion and an icon by putting her on the cover of a Wheaties Box. Althea Gibson was the FIRST Black Woman tennis player to be on the box. Today, I am honored to be the second.

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"I have dreamt of this since I was a young woman and it's an honor to join the ranks of some of America's most decorated athletes," Williams said in a statement. "I hope my image on this iconic orange box will inspire the next generation of girls and athletes to dream big."

The recognition will be added to her immeasurable list of accolades which include 23 Grand Slam single titles and 14 double titles, as well as being named the Women's Tennis Association 'Player of the Year' seven times. Athletics is not her only accomplishment, as she also launched her own clothing line in summer 2018.

As many fans on social media have voiced, the professional's new praise is long overdue.

 

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Kobe And Vanessa Bryant Welcome Fourth Daughter, Capri Kobe

Kobe and Vanessa Bryant's family just a got a little bit bigger.

Vanessa Bryant, 37, took to Instagram last week to reveal the couple's daughter was born healthy and happy on Thursday, June 20. "Our baby girl is here, so Thankful for our newest baby blessing," Vanessa captioned.

The little one, Capri Kobe Bryant, is the fourth girl of the Bryant bunch and the only to have her NBA daddy's name as her middle name. Vanessa also noted little Capri's nickname will be Koko.

Kobe also expressed his delight over the new bundle of joy.

"We are beyond excited that our baby girl ‘Koko’ has arrived!! #bryantbunch #4princesses #blessed,” the 40-year-old captioned on Instagram.

The Bryant's who've been married for 18 years, announced in January they were expecting their fourth daughter.

Yet even with four girls, the NFL legend and Academy Award winner said the couple may try one more time for a boy.

“I think [Vanessa] wants a boy more than I do. I love having girls — I’m super, super excited about that," Bryant told Extra in March. "She is as well. She wanted a boy so he can be mama’s boy forever — that sort of thing. We’ll see if I can deliver, I don’t know.”

Congrats to the family.

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Shaquille O'Neal Expresses Interest In Buying Reebok

Shaquille O'Neal is a man of many investments, and he plans to build upon his business resume by entertaining interest in buying Reebok. According to "CNBC Make It," the retired NBA player shared his desire, coming full circle since his 1992 lucrative partnership when he was first in the league.

"Well, [Authentic Brands Group, one of the companies] I'm involved in, we just bought Sports Illustrated but I would love to purchase Reebok," he said. O'Neal mentioned after Adidas purchased the company in 2005, he believes the mega-sportswear outlet "diluted" Reebok to the point where it felt nonexistent. "I want to bring them back to basketball and to fitness," he added. Over 20 years ago, O'Neal and Reebok debuted the Shaq Attaq sneaker, which featured O'Neal's "Dunkman" logo that has been etched on his apparel. The partnership also spawned the Shaqnosis kicks.

According to USA Today, O'Neal's investments and endorsements span over 50 brands including IcyHot, Burger King, Papa John's, and Gold Bond. His portfolio also includes recognizable clientele like Google, Apple, Five Guys, and Krispy Kreme adding to his reported net worth of over $400 million since 2016, Forbes reports.

"I'm going to invest in things that are going to change people's lives," he previously said, noting that his "style" of investing is "very simple."

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