Born and raised in Savannah, GA, Portia (Jones) Benbow was a 4x letter winner in basketball and a 3x letter winner in volleyball at H.V. Jenkins High School. After graduating from Jenkins High School in May 2005, she began her studies at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in Atlanta, GA from 2005-2007. While at Georgia Tech, she served as a Women’s Basketball Manager during her freshman year under Head Coach Michelle Joseph while playing intramural sports throughout the year. During her sophomore year, she transitioned into working part-time in the Campus Intramural Sports Department as a referee, scorekeeper, and game manager. Her adamant desire to play college basketball led her to transfer schools after her sophomore year. In August of 2007, she transferred to Armstrong Atlantic State University (now called Georgia Southern, Savannah camps), to play Division II basketball in the Peach Belt Conference from 2007-2010. She started her college basketball career as a walk-on and graduated as a full scholarship student-athlete with multiple accolades including 2x Peach Belt All-Academic Team, 3x Dean’s List, 2x Highest Team GPA, 2x Peach Belt Presidential Honor Roll, and Co-Captain during her senior year.
After graduating Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in May 2010, Portia started her master’s program in Clinical Psychology at the University of Indianapolis (UINDY) in Indianapolis, Indiana. In her last year of graduate school, she became the Graduate Assistant for the UINDY Women’s Basketball Team and was responsible for assisting the coaching staff with all duties as assigned. While at UINDY, Portia took advantage of some great professional development opportunities attending and volunteering at events such as the NCAA Career in Sports Forum and the 2012 Women’s NCAA Final Four Tournament. She also joined the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA), now known as Women Leaders in College Sports until 2018. In July 2012, Portia graduated with a 3.75 GPA from UINDY and a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology. Her desire to learn the business side of sports, led her to pursue a second masters degree at Georgia State University (GSU) in the Sports Administration program.
During her first year at Georgia State, she worked as a graduate assistant in athletic ticket operations, while working part-time for the Atlanta Braves as a Game Day Team Member, the Atlanta Hawks as a Youth Basketball Development Coach, and the Atlanta Falcons as a LEAP Fan Engagement Team Member. Her passion for learning also led her to volunteer with a number of organizations while working at GSU. She volunteered with the Atlanta Dream as a Street Team Member, the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference as a Basketball Tournament Operations Volunteer, and ProCamps as a Camp Volunteer for the Matt Ryan Football Camp.
During her second year at GSU, she transitioned to Student-Athlete Development and eventually served as the academic advisor for Men’s and Women’s Golf, Men’s and Women’s Tennis, and non-scholarship freshmen and sophomore football student-athletes while coordinating the department’s community service efforts. As part of her graduation requirements, in Spring and Summer 2014 she also interned with both the Cam Newton Foundation and the Roddy White Foundation. She continued to further her professional development by volunteering at the 2014 Great Lakes Valley Conference Basketball Tournament, the NCAA Men’s Basketball Midwest Regional Tournament (March 2014), and the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship Tournament (April 2014). In July 2014, Portia graduated with a 4.0 GPA with a Masters of Science in Sports Administration and
After graduating from GSU, she continued her passion for developing student-athletes as the Leadership and Life Skills Assistant in the Indiana University Athletics Department. In this role she coordinated personal, professional, and leadership development opportunities for all 600+ student-athletes. After 8 months of being away from home and away from basketball, she eventually found herself back at her alma mater, Georgia State, as the Director of Women’s Basketball Operations.
From May 2015-May 2018, Portia served as the Director of Basketball Operations (DOBO) for the Georgia State Women’s Basketball team. As the DOBO she was responsible for handling all of the off-the-court aspects of the program including but not limited to: Team and recruiting travel, housing accommodations, practice setup and breakdown, game day needs, equipment and inventory, life skills and community service, special events, and other duties as assigned.
After three years at Division I level, Portia landed an opportunity with a WNBA team, the Atlanta Dream, as the Coordinator of Basketball Operations. While retaining much of the same responsibilities she had in her previous role, Portia enjoyed the transition from the collegiate level to the pro level. While the 2018 WNBA season was a relatively successful and invaluable experience for Portia, she found herself moving on to the dynamic industry of event management.
In December of 2018, Portia started her formal career in event management at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium (MBS) in Atlanta, GA. After many years of planning and organizing game days, special events, resume workshops, athletic banquets, and many other types of “events”, she learned how to plan larger sporting events as the Assistant Event Coordinator on the Major Events Team at MBS. Her time at MBS was invaluable as she was given the opportunity to be a part of some of the most prestigious events in the country like Super Bowl LIII, CONCACAF 2019, and the 2018 SEC Championship.
In July 2019, Portia’s desire to be an entrepreneur led her to leave MBS in pursuit of full-time entrepreneurship; however, God had different plans. In August 2019, she became the Event Manager for the Riverside EpiCenter, a multi-faceted event venue in West Atlanta. In this capacity she and her team oversee corporate, social, and community events of all kinds. In addition to working as the Event Manager for the Riverside EpiCenter, Portia is also the owner of SportOps Event Management. SportOps Event Management specializes in planning and executing sport-related events and is the culmination of Portia’s passion for sports and her natural ability to plan and organize. For more information on SportOps, please visit www.sportopseventmanagement.com.
Portia is happily married to her husband Kenneth and has an amazing 7-year old son, Kenneth Jr.