Lori Porter | Hero of the Match


For retired United States Army Sergeant Lori Porter serving in the Armed Forces, runs in the family. Porter’s grandmother was on of the first women to serve in the military during World War II and a long list of family members have followed suit, serving in the various branches of the military. Porter said her grandmother gave strong advice that she now uses on her own grandchildren.

“My grandma who served in World War II, she said that at 18 even though the world says you’re an adult, you’re not ready to go out in the world.” Porter said. “So, you have a choice, you either go to college or you go into the military. Those were the only options we had, most of us went into the military and then went to college.”

Porter was born in Magnolia and enlisted when she was 18 years old. From tank and airplane parts, Porter was in charge of ensuring key replacement parts for military vehicles made it to their destination.

While serving, Porter met her husband and the two share three children together – two of whom also served in the military. Porter splits her time with her 11 grandchildren, a camp coordinator at YMCA or as an employee at Walmart. The day before the Houston Dash match where she is set to be honored as the hero of the match, Porter led 60 kids on a field trip to the Houston Zoo.

Friday’s match will be the first Houston Dash match that Porter is attending, however she is a big United States Women’s National Team and is rooting for the group as the team embarks on their journey to try and win an unprecedented third World Cup title.