The program, taught by Harvard Business School professor Anita Elberse, is "built to help professional athletes be better prepared for business activities during and after their active sports careers,” per Harvard's course description.
Irving and the other participants will each be matched with a pair of Harvard Business School MBA student mentors who will “develop their business acumen and empower them to make better business decisions.” The program is tailored to fit athletes' schedules and interests all while leveraging the "acclaimed Harvard Business School case method."
Irving attended the program's kick-off event on Monday along with former NFL tight end Martellus Bennett; NBA players Paul Millsap, Zaza Pachulia and Spencer Dinwiddie; and other athletes from the WNBA, Major League Soccer, UFC and the American Ballet Theater.
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
"So fun to welcome these amazing athletes to the Harvard family yesterday!" Elberse wrote on Instagram. "They crushed it in their case discussions during the #CrossoverIntoBusiness kick-off. And kept things 100% serious throughout the day, as you can see."
Past program participants include NBA stars Chris Bosh, Festus Ezeli, Joe Harris, Lance Thomas, Damien Wilkins, Caron Butler along with Tina Charles of the WNBA and a host of other professional athletes.