The sincere compassion and dedication that Mike Glenn has displayed over the years, was instilled in him by his dad at an early age. His dad Charles was proud to have served 2 terms overseas in the Pacific region during the Liberation of the Philippines in the US Army during World War II for his great country. He was assigned to the Transportation Corp, and attained the rank of "Buck" Sergeant while receiving the Asiatic Pacific Campaign medal with 3 battle stars; the Philippine Liberation medal with 1 battle star; the American Campaign medal; the Army Good Conduct medal; and the World War II victory medal. His dad understood the importance of a good education, and he was able to graduate from college with a degree in mathematics with the support of the GI Bill. His dad taught Mike and his other siblings to hold their heads high as he and many others had paid the price for them to be able to do.
Mike's dad received his master's degree in math and found a job at The Georgia School for the Deaf as a math teacher, and developed his true passion in coaching basketball for the hearing impaired. He began their sports program in 1952, and continued to coach for 19 wonderful years. His players and students adopted Mike into their culture and taught him how to communicate with them using sign language. One of his dad's outstanding players, Mildred Nelson, became an inspiration for Mike, and was his first hero.
Mike Glenn attended Coosa High School in Rome, Georgia, graduating in 1973 with honors and in the top five in his class where he served as class president, president of the Math Club, and voted the person "Most likely to Succeed." Mike finished all 12 years of schooling with perfect attendance. Mike began his basketball career at Coosa High School and graduated as the number 1 rated basketball player in the State of Georgia. Mike's biggest award and compliment came to him, while as a sophomore his basketball coach, Bob Brannon, named his son Michael Jim Brannon after Mike.
Mike Glenn attended Southern Illinois University, graduated with a bachelor's degree in Mathematics and was the 23rd player chosen by the Chicago Bulls in the 1977 NBA draft. Mike played in the NBA for 10 years with the New York Knicks, Atlanta Hawks and the Milwaukee Bucks. After fracturing his neck in a car accident, Mike returned to play his 10th year in the NBA, four of those with the Atlanta Hawks.
While playing in the NBA, Mike attended graduate school at St. John's College in New York and studied business. Mike also worked as a financial analyst on Wall Street in the summer while playing basketball with the New York Knicks. In 1980, Mike continued the passion his father passed on to him by starting the first major summer camp for The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Athletes. He has continued to run the non-profit camp for 33 years offering up to 120 athletes from across the country a chance to attend a free summer basketball camp each year. Mike Glenn received the Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award from the NBA and the Spirit of Love Award from the NBA Players association.
Mike Glenn is one of the nation's most renowned book collectors on African American History, and has researched and written four published books. Mike presents traveling exhibits to promote literacy, academic achievement and history.
Mike Glenn has worked for 16 years as a TV basketball analyst, mostly with the Atlanta Hawks. He is currently working with Hawks Live, a pre-game, half-time and post-game show on FSN South. Mike Glenn is also a public speaker who focuses on nutrition, success, diversity and history. Mike Glenn is married to Rhonda Glenn and has a 19 year old son named Michael Justin Glenn.
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