Film about retired NBA player Mike Glenn wins award


mike-glenn-stingerFilm “Spirit of Love: the Mike “Stinger” Glenn story”  received recognition at the Inspirational Country Music (ICM) awards, when the underdog movie beat out the Warner Bros. movie “42” for inspirational  movie of the year at the ICM awards at Two Rivers Fellowship at Opryland (Inspirational Country Music in Nashville).

As definite underdogs walking the red carpet that night were the film’s director-producer Darla Rae and NBA legend Mike “Stinger” Glenn whose real life basketball camps for deaf and hard of hearing teens inspired the film.

“I was surprised and thrilled to see Spirit of Love win the Best Movie award and I am so very thankful to ICM for honoring our movie and the camp in such a grand way,” Mike Glenn said.

He went on to add that much recognition should go to producer and director Darla Rae, to  Stuart Klugler and Phil Merlino, two of the camp’s coaches who contributed money from their personal accounts to get the project started, and to sponsors Jennie Glasgow, Franklin Brown, and Vernon Grizzard.

“If I could present this award to the many volunteers, staff, coaches, players, supporters, and my dad, I would,” former NBA player said.

Mike Glenn spent 10 years in the NBA playing for teams like the Knicks and Hawks. He holds career averages of 7.6 ppg in 16.2 minutes of playing time.

He played a total of 593 NBA games, shooting 54 percent from the field, and 85 percent from the freethrow line. Since retiring, Glenn has written a book and he makes appearances as a motivational speaker and a basketball analyst.

“We were speechless when they announced our name. After all being considered a TOP 5 nominee against industry giants was a miracle in itself. We really were quite surprised and feel blessed to have been nominated with such amazing films and to have received the award,” said Darla Rae, who also wrote the screenplay and played Coach Robyn in the film.

The film has an array of amazing indie musicians whose music compliments the film and its many messages. One being that “we are more alike than we are different” The original score written by Alex Grant is both emotional and triumphant.

The film’s director Darla Rae collaborated with her longtime friend from Nashville, Laura Dodd, to write the film’s title track of the same name which is performed by Dodd in the film. The filmmaker is currently seeking theatrical distribution of the multiple award winning film.

Other films which have garnered the ICM Movie of the Year Award were The Blind Side, Soul Surfer, Fireproof, and Joyful Noise.


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