Bo Porter – Nominated for Humanitarian of the Year

Bo Porter – Nominated for Humanitarian of the Year

By Erik Erlendsson

One simple act of kindness turned in to a lifetime of giving back for former major league baseball player Bo Porter.

Growing up in the inner-city district of Newark, New Jersey, a neighborhood friend offered a lending hand to Porter, an act that led him away from the potential pitfalls of the inner-city and toward a hard-working, disciplined life as an athlete.

That gift led Porter and his wife, Stacey, to found the SELF Foundation which provides support to programs that impact underserved youth through Sports, Education, Life skills and Faith, offering building blocks for the Foundation’s mission of nurturing the whole person athletically, academically, socially and spiritually.

Founded in 2012, the SELF Foundation has established models of youth enrichment offered for after school programs as well as holiday and summer breaks. The Houston-based program has helped more than 100 students earn college scholarships in both athletics and academics, many of whom have earned college degrees.

Porter has helped establish similar programs in other communities he has served through his coaching days in Arizona, Florida and Washington, D.C. to assist undeserved children, exposing them to professional baseball players as examples of how hard work and discipline can alter the course of their lives.

Through his work with the SELF Foundation, Porter was honored with Bo Porter Day in both Newark and Houston, awarded the keys to each city by the respective Mayor of each city.

A former major league player, Porter has enjoyed a successful post-playing career as a coach and manager, serving as a coach with Arizona, Atlanta and Washington as well as serving two years as manager of the Houston Astros. Porter currently serves as the special assistant to the General Manager with the Atlanta Braves while continuing to help other communities in which he worked, recently donating to the Houston Independent School District.

Bo Porter has been nominated for this year’s All Stars of Giving Sports Humanitarian of the Year Award.  He is being recognized for his outstanding achievements as a humanitarian.  The top ten finalists are determined by public voting at http://www.allstarsofgiving.com.  You can support your favorite nominee in this campaign by favoriting, donating, tweeting and joining his/her team with a chance to be recognized as one of his/her top supporters.  Starting Friday, June 9, you can also come back daily to “Boost” your favorite daily.  Fans receive points for joining a team, donating, tweeting, boosting or responding to “ do-gooder challenges”.

The direct link to Bo’s page is https://asu.givkwik.com/BoPorter

About the award: Started in 2013 by Alan Pavlosky and Scott Manthorne, Co-Founders of All Sports United, the Most Valuable Philanthropist seeks to recognize the effort of deserving sports philanthropists each year and bring positive news while highlighting the amazing charitable work of many in the sports community.  The winner of the award will receive $10,000 to his or her charity of choice.  The campaign is supported by technology partners Givkwik and xocial.  Each of the partners plays a crucial role in executing the campaign.  Special Thanks to All Sports United Supporter Jeff Tutor for his contributions to the campaign.

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