John Amaechi OBE
John Amaechi is a retired NBA basketball player who now works as a broadcaster and consultant in Europe and the United States. He was born was born in Boston in the USA, the son of a Nigerian father and an English mother, and was raised in Stockport, Cheshire, attending Stockport Grammar School. He moved to the United States to play high school basketball in Toledo, Ohio. While playing college basketball at Penn State, he also became a motivational public speaker and a youth mentor.
With his 6 ft 10 in, 270 lb frame, John Amaechi was a formidable basketball player and played for some of the top teams in the USA including Orlando Magic, Utah Jazz, Houston Rockets and New York Knicks. He came out of retirement to represent England at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, helping the team to win bronze medal. He commentates on NBA basketball for Channel Five and is regularly on BBC radio Manchester's business show.
His Amaechi Performance Systems consultancy business works with numerous blue chip companies to improve leadership and business skills. John is a member of the American Psychological Association. He is also involved with the ABC Foundation in Manchester, which encourages children to become involved in sports and their communities.
John was the first former NBA player to come out publicly which he did in his autobiography Man in the Middle.