Chris Havlicek followed in his father’s footsteps becoming an athlete, family man, and devoted to helping community foundations. Growing up with a father who is a NBA champion and hall of famer, Chris was exposed to basketball and other sports. His father, John Havlicek, played for the Boston Celtics. This instilled a love of basketball and other sports into Chris that followed him through college and into his career.
Sports and College Career
Chris played basketball in college at the University of Virginia. During his time in college, he was inducted into the All-ACC-Academic Team three times. After graduating with academic excellence and degrees in marketing and finance, he played professional basketball in Italy. Chris is also an Olympian; he was on the US Handball Team and played in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. In addition to basketball and Olympic handball, Chris is an avid golfer and fly-fisherman. Living in South Florida makes all of these sports possible year-round.
Chris combined the knowledge gained from his degrees at the University of Virginia and his love of basketball and put them to work as the President of Marketing for the NBA’s restaurant brand called NBA City. While working for NBA City, Chris reported directly to the NBA Commissioner. He was responsible for overseeing dining and entertainment events. He also worked to acquire venture capital funding to expand the marketing and entertainment capabilities of NBA City and the NBA brand.
Community Involvement and Charity Work
Chris devotes much of his time to working with foundations, nonprofit organizations, and charities. He serves on the board of directors for many South Florida organizations including The Orange Bowl Committee, The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, the Palm Beach Boys and Girls Club, the Palm Beach Cultural Council, and the Everglades Foundation. He also serves on the board of the Genesis Foundation for Children, based in Massachusetts. The boards he has chosen to serve on are specifically geared toward the betterment of underprivileged youth and the community.