Glenn, Former NBA Player, to Share Lessons Learned

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Former Atlanta Hawks Mike “Stinger” Glenn will share stories and some of the lessons he’s learned during a visit to the University of West Georgia on Sept. 13.

His talk, part of the BB&T Lectures in Free Enterprise series hosted by the Richards College of Business, will be in the Townsend Center for the Performing Arts at 7 p.m. Sept. 13. It is free and open to the public. For ticket information to go:

Glenn is the author of four books, a basketball analyst, a former stockbroker and collector of rare books, newspapers and magazines by and about African-Americans. In his 10 years in the NBA, Glenn played with the Buffalo Braves, the New York Knicks, the Atlanta Hawks and the Milwaukee Bucks. He remains the Knicks’ all-time free throw percentage leader and the holds Hawks’ field goal percentage record. During the 1980-81 season, the NBA awarded him the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award.

But he considers himself a teacher and storyteller, much like his parents.

He founded the Mike Glenn Basketball Camp for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing in 1980 to build on the foundation set by his father. Charles Glenn was a teacher and basketball coach at the Georgia School for the Deaf when Glenn was growing up.

Annye Glenn, also a teacher, made sure reading was high on her son’s to-do list. There were study periods in the summer and heavy borrowing from bookmobiles. His mother followed up every book Glenn read with the question: “What lesson did you learn?”

He is still asking that question.

“Part of who I am are all those lessons and bringing them all to the forefront,” he said recently. “One of the things that I have wanted to do is share how I have utilized who I am, my heritage and my legacy to help others.”

In his writing, Glenn captures many of the lessons he learned. His first book, “Lessons In Success from the NBA's Top Players,” offers insights into how the greatest basketball players of our time do what they do.

The first volume of Glenn’s “Lessons From My Library” series highlights leaders of the civil rights movement. His second volume, “The Integration of Sports History,” explores boxing and baseball trailblazers. Glenn recently completed the third volume in the series, “Frederick Douglass: The Founding Father of Slavery Free America.”

For more information on Mike Glenn and the Mike Glenn Basketball Camp for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing, go to:

Listen for Glenn’s interview with Colin Worthington to play Friday, August 31 during morning and afternoon drive time on Gradick Communications’ local radio stations: KISS 102.7, B-92.1, Great Classics 98.9, WLBB News Talk AM 1330 and/or WKNG King Country AM 1060.

To read more about Glenn and listen to an interview with him, check out our feature story in The Chronicle.  You can also catch a preview of the what the evening holds by viewing this video.