DRL Makes Ex-NBA Star Chris Bosh, ‘A Big Supporter Of STEM,’ The Dean Of Its Academy.

This was originally posted by Forbes.

Former NBA star Chris Bosh is adding another title to his impressive resume that includes: two-time NBA champion, 11-time NBA All-Star, Olympic gold medalist, ACC Rookie of the Year, McDonald’s All-American, and Texas Mr. Basketball.

Bosh today has been appointed dean of the Drone Racing League Academy. The DRL Academy was developed in March 2020 as a means to provide schools, organizations, teachers and students with access to STEM curriculum during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Dean Bosh and two-time DRL world champion pilot JET will teach kids about the science behind drone racing through a series of educational content. Students will be able to take their interest one step further by getting hands-on experience via the DRL Simulator, an immersive drone racing game on Xbox and Steam, and by watching DRL’s 2020 season, which begins at 9 p.m. ET on October 21 (NBCSN, Twitter and Facebook Watch).

“I’m a big supporter of STEM and computers; I’ve been into computers since I was a kid,” Bosh told me. “Every time I can help out and do something or hear about cool ideas like this, it’s really exciting for me. I thought this one was fascinating, but more importantly I want to get the message out to the kids that you can aspire to do things you probably never imagined, and if you are into engineering, coding or computers, you might feel you’re alone in your interest, but you’re not. You can connect with different people who have the same likes as you.”

While Bosh donned a “1” on the back of his jersey while helping guide the Miami Heat to consecutive NBA titles in 2012 and 2013 as part of the Big Three with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, his mind has been thinking in 0s and 1s since he was a kid. His mother ran a business called Computer Help before working at Texas Instruments TXN +1.6%, while his father did professional plumbing, engineering and designing for multiple companies.

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