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There will be one student unlike the rest on Wednesday at Oakland High School. Unlike the average high school student, he is 26-years old, stands at 6-foot-7 and weighs 230 lbs.
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green is set to visit the school to learn how to code alongside the Oakland High students as part of the Warriors’ latest community platform: Warriors Code.
The program is designed to encourage diversity by making computer science available to underrepresented groups of students who may not have the opportunity to study technology otherwise.
During the initial event, Green will just be another student. But after, he is scheduled to deliver an inspirational speech at a school assembly challenging students to be confident in new skills, to work hard and to be unafraid to learn about new technology.
Green isn’t the only NBA player to voice support for learning how to code. Chris Bosh wrote an opinion piece emphasizing the value of learning to code, and Code.org had also released a video about an hour-long coding training current Atlanta Hawks center Dwight Howard once did. Bosh also was featured in a Code.org video.
Back in the Bay Area after the school’s coding demo, Green will host more than 100 Oakland High students to view Warriors open practice from section 122 in the Oracle Arena.
According to the Warriors, this is not the only event that the team will host with Code.org, a non-profit “dedicated to expanding access to computer science, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color.” The team is set to host events throughout the 2016-17 season.