Marques Ogden grew up in a single parent home with a strong father whose memory still inspires him today as the epitome of perseverance and fairness. From his father, Marques learned how to define his life values, set long-term goals, and pursue them tenaciously despite obstacles. These core strengths enabled Marques to develop the grit to achieve his goals of playing football while attending college and later succeed proudly as an NFL player.
From 2003–2008, Marques played as Offensive Lineman for the Tennessee Titans, Buffalo Bills, Baltimore Ravens, and Jacksonville Jaguars. He also trained football players in the off-season for the NFL European League on running, pass blocking, and other tactical skills, as well as building their endurance and strength. As an NFL player, Marques became a popular motivational speaker. His passionate message centers around envisioning one’s life in the long-term, defining one’s values, building strength of character, acting with integrity, acquiring an education, and helping others succeed.
Al Oliver is a former Major League Baseball player. Over the course of his eighteen year career, he has been blessed to be able to play for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1968-77), Texas Rangers (1978-81), Montreal Expos (1982-83), San Francisco Giants (1984), Philadelphia Phillies (1984), Los Angeles Dodgers (1985) and Toronto Blue Jays (1985). From 1970 to 1976, he played for five Pirates division champions, including the team that defeated the Orioles in the 1971 World Series.