Professional basketball is seen as a fiercely
competitive sport with outstanding athletes talented in the art of dunking
a basket or blocking a shot. Mike “Stinger ”Glenn a former
NBA basketball player who played with the Buffalo Braves, the New York
Knicks, The Atlanta Hawks and the Milwaukee Bucks, gives you a multidimensional
view of what really makes them successful human beings in his insightful
book, Lessons in Success from the NBA’s Top Players.
In high school Mike completed twelve years
of perfect attendance while being named the number one rated basketball
player in the state and maintaining his status as an honor student.
After completing four years at Southern Illinois University, Mike received
a BA in Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science. He then attended
graduate business classes at St. John’s University, Southern Illinois
University and Baruch College. From 1977 to 1987, he worked as a professional
basketball player for the National Basketball Association.
During the 1991-92 basketball season, Mike
was an analyst for ESPN and the Atlanta Hawks on WGNX and SportSouth.
He also served as a studio analyst during the playoffs for TNT and CNN.
During the 92-93 season, he was the analyst for two weekly shows on
CNN. “This Week in the NBA” and College Basketball Preview.
He continued his duties as the analyst for the Atlanta Hawks games on
WGNX, SportSouth and TNT’s studio analyst for the playoffs. Mike
added seven half time appearances on WTBS Atlanta Hawks games. Mike
was employed by Merrill Lynch as a consultant to the NBA’s pre-pension
plan. For fourteen years he served as the Atlanta Hawks’ TV analyst.
Mike is a collector of rare books, newspapers,
magazines by and about African Americans. He shares his artifacts through
traveling exhibits and lectures. He has taken his rare documents to New York,
Illinois, New Mexico, California, and Indiana. From his collection, Mike has written four books
featuring Lessons from his Library. Mike writes and shares the inspirations and
accomplishments of past African American heroes who faced obstacles
of oppression, racism, bigotry, ignorance and hate. Currently, he has
written eleven credible biographies on these heroes, not the most studied
people of our history. He has skillfully paired contemporary perspectives
on life and success with that of the great leaders and philosophers
who left us with a strong legacy of courage and mental toughness.
Another of Mike’s passions is his All-Star
Basketball Camp for the Hearing-Impaired which celebrated their 32nd
Anniversary, June, 2011. This non-profit organization is the
nation’s first basketball camp for hearing-challenged athletes
and is offered every summer free of charge to as many as 120 deaf athletes
across the country.
Mike Glenn is the recipient of numerous awards
including: #1 Vote for Academic All-American Basketball Player, NBA
Walter P. Kennedy Citizenship Award, NBA “Spirit of Love”
Award, & Gate City Bar Association Professional Athlete Award. Some
of the organizations Mike is affiliated with include the Board of Advisory
for Auditory Education Clinic, "Shatter Silence/Deaf Awareness Committee, Chairman;
Georgia Registry of Interpreters for Deaf, "Bee a Buckler" Safety Program Celebrity Spokesman;
Georgia Operation Lifesaver; and Leadership Atlanta, Class of 1988-89.
As a renowned speaker, Mike has participated
in youth programs such as the Atlanta based “Stop the Violence”
campaign and drug-awareness seminars in high schools across the Southeast.
He has also served as the Master of Ceremonies for the Miss Junior Black
America Pageant in September, 1989. Mike has spoken at numerous colleges
and sports teams on health, minerals, and longevity. He continues to
speak at schools, churches, banquets, business offices and literacy
Currently, Mike Glenn is a television basketball analyst for Fox Sports South.
He can be seen on Hawks Live, the pre-game, half-time, and post game show for the
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