‘Spirit of Love: the Mike “Stinger” Glenn story’ wins award

October 28, 2013

The NBA trumped MLB at the Inspirational Country Music (ICM) awards on Thursday night (October 24) when the underdog Cinderella movie “Spirit of Love: the Mike “Stinger” Glenn story” 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. 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” said Mike Glenn.

Added Darla Rae, who also wrote the screenplay and played Coach Robyn in the film, “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.”

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 track is available on Cdbaby.com and iTunes.  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.

For more information about the film, please visit http://spiritoflovemovie.com.  For information about the annual “Mike Glenn Basketball Camp for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing” visit www.mikeglenn.com. Dates for the 35th annual Camp are June 15-21, 2014.