He has reached celebrity status - but based on intellect. He just happens to have a dynamic personality and is recognizable. He's based in STEM research which is really what is needed and will inspire these kids to follow practical paths that will have wide ranging applications (mathematics, science, tech, etc.) rather than just straight ballin'.
Where Curry's and Tyson's message may be similar their delivery and examples will be wildly different with Tyson's being more practical. Even with a bachelor's in one of the STEM fields will get them significantly better prospects than if they were to pursue athletics.
While it's not feasible for them to really attain the status of either of these speakers, at least if they try following in Tyson's shoes, they'll more likely settle into a sustainable and overall beneficial role given the skill sets they'll likely try to mimic in Tyson's (STEM) than Curry's (athletics).
If not Tyson, or any celebrity, since that seems to be what you think the teacher is protesting, then who? I'd, basically, hope it would be the teachers themselves.