Carolina Panthers linebacker Brandon Chubb has an impressive new achievement to add to his resume — but it was nothing to do with football. Recently, Chubb graduated from Harvard Business School’s Crossover Into Business program, launched in 2017 in partnership with the NBA. The program aims to equip professional athletes with business skills to help them effectively navigate and advance their careers in sports and beyond.
Chubb’s newly honed skills, however, are not solely for his own benefit. His growing business expertise is supporting his leadership as CEO of the Chubb Foundation, established in 2017 with his brother and linebacker for the Denver Broncos, Bradley Chubb. With a mission “to use sports as a platform to activate human potential,” the Chubb Foundation focuses on youth development, particularly through entrepreneurship training.
“We believe entrepreneurship is so important at such a young age,” Chubb said. “We want to plant that seed early and better these kids’ futures.”
This past spring, the foundation held a “Pitch Night” featuring elevator pitches from aspiring entrepreneurs in their ten-week “Moving the Needle: Affecting Change Through Entrepreneurship” program offered to elementary students in partnership with Active Youth Academy, an Atlanta Public Schools after school program. Held near the Chubbs’ hometown of Marietta, Georgia, the event capped off a successful first round of the entrepreneurship program.
In addition to a range of other programs offered by the foundation, including a youth football camp and a recent essay writing contest that earned one student a trip to the Super Bowl, the foundation’s focus on entrepreneurship will likely continue to expand with Chubb’s burgeoning business acumen and passion for helping underserved youth take control of their futures.