The HearStrong Foundation Recognizes Mike "Stinger" Glenn with the Distinguished Service Award at the 2014 Legends World Sports Conference

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:26:59 EST

Syracuse, NY (September 18, 2014) - On August 23, the HearStrong Foundation awarded Mike “Stinger” Glenn with the Distinguished Service Award for his contributions to the deaf and hard-of-hearing community before attendees at the 2014 National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) Legends World Sports Conference in Cancun, Mexico.

First drafted by the Chicago Bulls in 1977, Glenn would go on to play for the Buffalo Braves, the New York Knicks, the Atlanta Hawks, and the Milwaukee Bucks throughout his ten-year career in the NBA.

Inspired by his lifelong interaction and friendship with deaf and hard-of-hearing basketball players at the Georgia School for the Deaf, where his father taught and coached, Glenn founded the Mike Glenn All-Star Basketball Camp for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in 1980. For 35 years, the camp has empowered countless young athletes with hearing difficulties to not only dream big, but to make those dreams come true.

On June 20, 2014, in Decatur, GA, Glenn joined representatives of EarQ in giving the gift of hearing to one of his young campers.

“Mike’s incredible talent is overshadowed only by his compassion for and commitment to the deaf and hard-of-hearing community,” said Clifford Carey, a representative of the HearStrong Foundation and the communications director of EarQ. “His dedication to his campers and to their personal development is something to be admired.  Through his efforts, a new generation of athletes will help shatter the misperception that hearing difficulties are a barrier to achievement.”

Glenn (left) with Clifford Carey of the HearStrong Foundation


About the National Basketball Retired Players Association:

The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) is comprised of former professional basketball players from the NBA, ABA, Harlem Globetrotters and WNBA. It is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization with a two-pronged mission to assist former NBA, ABA, Harlem Globetrotters and WNBA players in their transition from the playing court into life after the game, while also positively impacting communities and youth through basketball. The NBRPA was founded in 1992 by basketball legends Dave DeBusschere, Dave Bing, Archie Clark, Dave Cowens and Oscar Robertson. The NBRPA works in direct partnerships with the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association. Arnie D. Fielkow is the President & CEO, and the NBRPA Board of Directors includes Chairman of the Board Otis Birdsong, Vice Chairman Thurl Bailey, Treasurer Marvin Roberts, Secretary Steve Hayes, Past Chairman Robert A. (Bob) Elliott, Past Chairman Dr. George W. Tinsley Sr., Rick Barry, Harvey Catchings, Spencer Haywood, LaRue Martin and Johnny Newman.


Paul Corliss, Vice President of Communications & Marketing
National Basketball Retired Players Association
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