Marquis “Bo” Porter
Born and raised in the heart of inner-city Newark, New Jersey, Bo faced many obstacles, but perseverance allowed him to successfully overcome the environment and adverse circumstances surrounding his upbringing. His first bridge of opportunity was awarded by a kind gesture from a neighborhood friend who invested in his talent as an athlete. This act of kindness turned a narrow bridge with uncertainty surrounding it into a pathway that would propel Bo to develop and grow through a series of accomplishments that continue to this day.
Bo was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 1993 and earned his Communications Degree from the University of Iowa in 1994. He played in the Major Leagues for the Cubs, Oakland A’s and Texas Rangers. He also coached for the Miami Marlins, Arizona Diamondbacks, Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves. At the age of 40, the Houston Astros hired Bo as manager, making him the youngest manager in MLB at the time. He completed the trifecta of the MLB hierarchy when he was appointed special assistant general manager of the Atlanta Braves. Bo’s MLB career came full circle when he was named director of the Major League Baseball Players Association Players Trust and Player Development. Bo is the Mid-Atlantic Sport Network (MASN) “Nats Xtra” pregame and postgame baseball analyst, the founder and chairman of the board for the Stacey and Bo Porter SELF Foundation, founding president of REal Excellence Inc., CEO of Bo Porter Enterprise, founding president of Future All-Stars Baseball Development Academy and the author of three books: REal Life EMPOWERED, The END GAME and 78 KEYS TO CHAMPION YOUR LIFE.
Bo received mayoral proclamations and keys to the city from the mayors of both Newark, New Jersey and Houston, Texas. Bo received a proclamation from Houston’s Mayor Sylvester Turner on February 7, 2017, a day that was proclaimed Bo Porter Day in Houston, Texas. Bo also received a proclamation from the Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo on December 13, 2012, a day that was proclaimed Bo Porter Day in Essex County, New Jersey. On May 5, 2015, Newark, New Jersey’s Mayor Ras Baraka renamed Green Acres Park the Marquis “Bo” Porter Sports Complex. The mayor said, “The renaming of this park is a tribute to Bo’s lifetime accomplishments and commitment to our great city.” Bo was inducted into the Newark Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Weequahic High School Hall of Fame in 2018.
Known as “The Coach of Champions,” Bo is a humble visionary who creates an environment that centers around positive movements and transformational growth. Bo is a first-generation entrepreneur, a boots-on-the-ground change agent who believes his main purposes in life is to serve, coach, inspire and empower others to champion their lives. Bo has taken that once narrow bridge of opportunity with miles of uncertainty surrounding it and built an endless gateway of sustainable success that can and should be a model for all inspired to champion their life.
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