November 6, 2015

In October, Mike Glenn unveiled his literary and pictorial display of his historical collection of rare American History and Sports History books, newspapers and magazines with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Stonecrest Library in Lithonia, Georgia. The exhibit remained on display throughout the month.

Glenn recently spoke to NBA.com about his future plans for the tour and his hope of bringing it to even more cities. Along with many locations in Georgia, Glenn has also brought his exhibit to New Mexico, Indiana and Illinois. He told NBA.com of his plans to expand his exhibits:

One thing I want to do next year, too: We have some people who have served in the arenas. We have one gentleman who I’m thinking of in particular, and I can’t wait to recognize him. Since the Atlanta Braves moved here in I think ’66-’67, he’s been an usher ever since – world-class service he’s provided to the patrons at Atlanta’s stadium. Wherever the stadium has been, he has been there. They named a section after him; Walter Banks is his name. Everybody in that area knows him – Ted Turner recognized him and loves him. They have a Walter Banks section there named after him. We’ve had these people that have impacted sports. It hasn’t just been the home run hitters, but people who made the experience much more pleasurable. Just, “How are you doing tonight? Enjoy your seat. Did you enjoy the game?” There are people all over, and these people deserve some recognition. And you’ll find them in all sports.

I think that is important, too, even down to the high school level. We have the local awards and the national awards. Some of the local awards are guys and ladies that have been very impactful in your state, in your area, who have done great things and have not been recognized. Sometimes their records are not even merged with the new records – maybe they played in a segregated era or something like that. So we’re striving to broaden the field and be more inclusive of everybody that contributed to sports as we see it today.

To read more of Glenn’s interview with NBA.com, Click HERE

As well, Glenn’s Foundation honored local and long distance sports heroes at The Tom Molineaux Award Banquet at the Lions of Judah Event Center in Stone Mountain, Georgia. The banquet is named after former boxer Tom Mollineaux, who was the first great American athlete to compete for a world title.

The NBRPA salutes Glenn for his contributions to the youth and community and encourage all sports fans to witness his historical collection. For more information about Glenn and his great foundation can be found at www.mikeglenn.com.
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, WNBA and Harlem Globetrotters. It is a 501(c) 3 organization with a mission to develop, implement and advocate a wide array of programs to benefit its members, supporters and the community. 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 Thurl Bailey, Vice Chairman Dwight Davis, Treasurer Marvin Roberts, Secretary Nancy Lieberman, Past Chairman Robert A. (Bob) Elliott, Rick Barry, James Donaldson, Mike Glenn, Spencer Haywood, LaRue Martin Jr., Johnny Newman and Eldridge Recasner.