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Chara Goes Back to School

Bruins captain, other star athletes take class at Harvard

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BostonBruins.com - Ryan Donato is no longer the only Harvard student on the Bruins roster.

Joining the former Crimson star on the Cambridge campus last week was B's captain Zdeno Chara, who was taking part in the prestigious "Business of Entertainment, Media, and Sports," a week-long course presented by professor Anita Elberse.

Among those that headed back to school with Chara were Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban, former New York Giants linebacker and television personality Michael Strahan, Olympic skiing gold medalist Lindsey Vonn, former NBA star Chris Bosh, U.S. Open tennis champion Andy Roddick, and soccer legend Kaka.

The class, which often attracts some of the most high profile athletes on the planet, aims to focus "on the unique challenges of developing, managing, and marketing a successful entertainment offering…the curriculum examines the crucial elements of effective talent management and entertainment business strategies."

"It's been an absolutely unbelievable experience and I love every piece of it, every minute, every class," Chara said in a video posted to his Instagram account. "Such a great time to spend after the season, learning different aspects of the business side - such a learning experience. Really enjoying everything I'm doing at Harvard."

To understand the magnitude of the star power assembled for the Harvard Business School class, all you needed to do was take a look at Professor Elberse's Instagram post about the group.

These legends have amassed a staggering 143 major sports titles, including 5 Olympic medals (of which 3 of the golden variety), 1 Super Bowl, 1 Stanley Cup, 1 Grand Slam, 2 NBA championship rings, 6 UEFA Champions League trophies, and 6 (country and club) FIFA World Cups. Plus another 82 World Cup race victories, 31 all-star teams, 23 all-league accolades, 14 franchise records, 337 UEFA Champions League matches, 403 national caps, 2 Hall of Fame awards, and a Ballon d'Or. Oh, and one Dutch elementary-school-level regional championship. I can't believe they let me crash this epic picture. ���� Seriously, though - what an amazing privilege to be able to teach these athletes as well as the top executives on campus for our "The Business of Entertainment, Media, and Sports" program. #onlyatHarvard #BEMS #ballers (�� by the brilliant @kev.wolf)

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Chara's offseason endeavor was revealed via a video Subban posted to social media early last week. Rivals on the ice, particularly during Subban's time playing in Montreal, the two bonded over their shared experience in the classroom.

The B's captain also took to Instagram with a shout out to Kaka, the Brazilian-born soccer star, who starred for A.C. Milan and Real Madrid.  

"Kaka, naturally one of the best soccer players to ever walk this planet is one of the nicest, most polite and humble people I ever met," Chara wrote. "Thank you my friend."

Perhaps the only classmate taller than the 6-foot-9 Chara was Bosh, the 6-foot-11 power forward and 11-time All-Star with the Toronto Raptors and Miami Heat.

"One thing that connected us at @harvard was the desire to move forward and expand our horizons," said Chara. "It's always interesting to see how similar principles work across different disciplines. Usually involving hard work, patience and creativity.

"I was glad I got to meet @chrisbosh these past few days. He struck me as someone who embodies all of the above. I would like to wish him all the best both in and outside of basketball."

One thing that connected us at @harvard was the desire to move forward and expand our horizons. It's always interesting to see how similar principles work across different disciplines. Usually involving hard work, patience and creativity. I was glad I got to meet @chrisbosh these past few days. He struck me as someone who embodies all of the above. I would like to wish him all the best both in and outside of basketball ������ #alwaysprogress #creativity #newexperience #harvard #hbs ----------------------- Jedna z veci ktora nas na Harvarde spajala bola tuzba posuvat sa dopredu a rozsirovat si obzory. Je vzdy zaujimave vidiet ako podobne principy funguju v odlisnych oblastiach. Vacsinou zahrnaju tvrdu pracu, trpezlivost a tvorivost. Som rad ze som sa mohol spoznat s @chrisbosh. Prisiel mi ako niekto, kto skvele zosobnuje tieto cnosti. Prajem mu vsetko dobre v basketbale aj mimo neho ������

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