“Tech for Heroes” to be offered free-of-charge to Columbus-area servicemembers
BOSTON (October 1, 2019)– DraftKings will be hosting its Tech for Heroes (TfH) initiative in Columbus next month, offering military veterans and spouses free, comprehensive, high-tech job skills training. Having launched in 2018, the Tech for Heroes program has benefited nearly 150 veterans in Boston, Austin and San Francisco and will debut in a new city, Columbus, on October 14.
“When Tech for Heroes was launched in Boston in 2018, DraftKings knew that we ultimately wanted to provide this opportunity to as many veterans as possible, and the best way to do that is through the expansion of this program,” said Paul Liberman, DraftKings Co-Founder and COO. “We couldn’t be happier to be offering Tech for Heroes in Columbus, and we look forward to connecting with some of the many honorable veterans in the area.”
Working in partnership with the national nonprofit VetsinTech, the two-week training in Columbus will be taught by a certified instructor from Galvanize, a coding and data science talent development company. The initiative will focus on teaching veterans and military spouses web development skills, and upon completion, students will receive certified proficiency through Galvanize. DraftKings employees will also work with the veterans to grow their understanding of employment opportunities at high-tech companies and to further support the veteran graduates pursuing careers in tech through mentoring.
“The Tech for Heroes program has made a significant impact on veterans in communities across the country over the last year, and we are thrilled to be expanding into new markets like Columbus,” said VetsinTech founder Katherine Webster. “We’ve received a great deal of feedback from veterans who have participated in Tech for Heroes since its launch, and we are proud to be working with DraftKings on using that feedback to improve this program and ensure we’re offering the best services available.”
Through the remainder of the year, DraftKings will continue to expand the Tech for Heroes program to additional cities across the U.S., training 100 veterans or military spouses by year-end. For additional information on the DraftKings Tech for Heroes program and to inquire about joining a class, please visit DraftKings 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 13 professional sports in 8 countries including the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Australia. Operating pursuant to state regulations in New Jersey, New York, West Virginia and Mississippi, DraftKings Sportsbook mobile and retail, allows players in the state to engage in betting for major U.S. and international sports.
VetsinTech supports our 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 – the 3E’s!
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