Kyrie Irving participates in Harvard University business program

Kyrie Irving participates in Harvard University business program

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that Only in professional sports is it assumed that playing a game is a person’s only area of expertise or interest. It’s not uncommon for a doctor to leave his practice to become a winemaker or a teacher to depart the profession to pursue a career as a journalist. But, when it comes to athletes, it seems the stigma is that these people are only good for dribbling a basketball and entertaining us with their athleticism.

This is reductive way to think about anyone, never mind a collection of people who are so driven by a goal that they dedicated the early parts of their lives to achieving the absolute pinnacle of their field. It’s a failure of conjecture to assume these athletes don’t have any other interests.

Basketball, of course, doesn’t last forever, nor does the money that comes along with playing it. The average career lasts less than five years, and the money varies, but even if athletes don’t have to pursue second professional acts, many of them do.

Kyrie Irving is one of them, enrolling at Harvard University alongside other professional athletes Martellus Bennett, Paul Millsap, and Zaza Pachulia. The program – called "Crossover into Business" – aims to prepare professional athletes for the world of business once their playing days are over. There’s no institute of higher learning with a greater track record than Harvard. View this post on Instagram

So fun to welcome these amazing athletes to the Harvard family yesterday! They crushed it in their case discussions during the #CrossoverIntoBusiness kick-off. And kept things 100% serious throughout the day, as you can see. I can’t wait to see how far they’ll come this semester. #Harvardfamily #HarvardHBS #lifeatHBS (By the way, yes, I am wearing yellow sneakers. All will be explained later!)

A post shared by Anita Elberse (@anitaelberse) on Sep 11, 2018 at 5:42am PDT Realistically, programs like this should begin earlier, before a player even embarks on those 4.8 years (give or take) as an NBA player. A young man should […]

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