“Tech for Heroes” Initiative to Help Former Service Men and Women Transition from Military to Civilian Life
BOSTON (August 16, 2018) – DraftKings Inc. announced today that it is expanding its Tech for Heroes initiative to San Francisco. This eight-week course, offered free of charge, is designed to provide high-tech job skills training to current and returning veterans and their spouses, so they can expand their knowledge base and find gainful employment in the tech sector upon completion of their military service.
“While there are a lot of opportunities in today’s tech market, it is also extremely competitive, so we want to make sure that those who have made tremendous sacrifices in service to our country are well equipped to compete for those jobs,” said Paul Liberman, co-founder and COO of DraftKings. “We designed our Tech for Heroes class in San Francisco to be responsive to the job market and in a subject that can be applied to nearly any company, no matter their size or industry.”
Working in partnership with the national nonprofit VetsinTech, DraftKings launched the company’s first corporate social responsibility initiative in June, with its first training class in Boston on front-end web development. In addition to Boston and San Francisco, the company has plans to expand the program to additional cities in the coming months.
“DraftKings has such a deep understanding of cutting edge technology and what is required to work in the tech industry, so we are fortunate to have them as a partner in advancing the mutual goal of helping veterans interested in pursuing careers in high-tech,” said Katherine Webster, founder and CEO of VetsinTech.
DraftKings employees will be working with the veterans as mentors to deepen their understanding of employment opportunities at high-tech companies and to further support the veteran graduates pursuing careers in tech.
DraftKings recently announced the establishment of a new office located in the core of downtown San Francisco, which will be home to some of the company’s growth marketing executives and their team. This office will focus primarily on building out a best-in-class growth marketing organization, expanding the DraftKings digital brand and driving customer acquisition.
For additional information on the DraftKings Tech For Heroes program and to inquire about joining a class, please visit Tech for Heroes.
DraftKings is a global sports technology and entertainment company that believes life is more fun with skin in the game. Its mission is to bring fans closer to the games they love via a unique combination of daily fantasy sports, sports betting and media platforms that, combined, deliver “The Game Inside The Game.” Founded in 2012 by Matt Kalish, Paul Liberman and Jason Robins, DraftKings is headquartered in Boston, MA, and offers daily fantasy sports contests across 11 professional sports in 8 countries including the U.S., Canada, U.K and Australia. Now a licensed operator in New Jersey, DraftKings Sportsbook allows players in the state to engage in betting for major U.S. and international sports.
VetsinTech supports current and returning veterans with re-integration services, and by connecting them to the national technology ecosystem. VIT is committed to bringing together a tech-specific network, resources, and programs for our veterans interested in education, entrepreneurship, and employment.