Mike Glenn, Retired NBA Player's Sports Exhibit And Awards Banquet Review - A Huge Success

Twenty years ago on October 3, 1995, we witness a sports legend acquitted in a trial known as the “Trial of the Century of O.J. Simpson”.  Ironically, on this day 20 years later, we saw many sports legends and sports fans gather and transformed “October 3”into a memorable moment in sports.  The retired, National Basketball Association (NBA) Player Mike Glenn invited us to be part of his sports exhibit and sports award banquet in Atlanta, Georgia, which were so spectacular that people and the media are still talking about it.

 

Mike “Stinger” Glenn, a 10 year NBA player and Fox Sports Southeast TV Analyst for the Atlanta Hawks founded the Mike Glenn Foundation 33 years ago. He has always had a big heart for making a difference in others' life. Through the years, his vision and the love of people and historical sports events have been greatly appreciated.

 

Mike Glenn, the visionary for these awesome events, sponsored by Mike Glenn Foundation; P.O Box 39043; Snellville, GA 30039 - Photo- Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

Mr. Glenn’s chose former slave, Tom Molineaux, the first “World Known” American Athlete and

Tom Molineaux, the first great American Athlete who competed for a world title - Photo-Courtesy of Robert Dighton

Michael Jordan, the greatest athlete of all time, to be part of the theme for his exhibit and banquet known as "From Molineaux to Michael:  African Americans in Athletics Exhibit and Awards Dinner".

The Mike Glenn Collections was honored in a special way at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the beautiful Stonecrest Library, Lithonia, Georgia. It remains on display until Saturday,  October 24, 2015.  If you are interested in seeing this unique display touring the country, please contact Mr. Glenn regarding interest of sponsorship.

 

Willie Brown, referee and former basketball star for Mike Glenn Foundation Camp for the "Deaf and Hard of Hearing Impaired", observing Mr. Glenn's Collection at Stonecrest Library - Photo-Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

 

Before the official ribbon cutting, Mr. Glenn spoke on the great history of Tom Molineaux. Then, Mr. Glenn was honored by Craig Eberhart of the United States Postal Service with a  postal stamp memorabilia of basketball legend, Wilt Chamberlain that will be added to Mr. Glenn’s collection.  Mr. Glenn was joined by other sports legends, DeKalb County officers and citizens for photos.

The young future sports legends uniting with legends, Orrin Hudson, Lonnie Edwards, Al Attles, Mike Glenn, Attorney Mereda Davis-Johnson and Marvin Roberts with the Wilt Chamberlain postal stamp memorabilia - Photo-Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

          

 

Watching so many people gaze with excitement and appreciation at the beautiful, unique collections was a thrill to see. Clearly, a lot of hard work went into this.

 

Just before dark fall, we all gathered at the elegant Lions of Judah Event Center, Stone Mountain, Georgia to highlight the night with the Tom Molineaux Awards Banquet.

 

Super Bowl Champion & former sportscaster Joe Washington; Dr. Mary Smith, owner of Lions of Judah Event Center and Mike Glenn, former 10 year NBA Player & Sports Analyst - Photo-Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

    

Douglass Washington Morris, Nettie Washington Douglass, the great great grandaughter of Frederick Douglass and great grandaughter of Booker T. Washington and Mike Glenn, the Historian - Photo -Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

     

 

National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) Members, Scott Rochelle, Harold and Michelle Kneeling, Rickie Clements, Jessica Laine-Bass, Boxer and Curtis Berry - Photo- Courtesy of Greg White

        

 

Mr. & Mrs Sam Pellom, former Atlanta Hawks, Adesi Brown, Interpreter & husband Willie Brown, Fred Stone (both referees) and Sam Douglas, Basketball Fundamentals Trainer - Photo- Courtesy of Greg White

 

We were greeted at the door with sports memorabilia that took us back in time of our sports heroes and events.

Mike Glenn's Collectible items displayed at both sites on Oct 3, 2015 - Photo - Courtesy of Greg White

Once we entered the banquet area, everyone’s expression reflected the heavenly feeling of this beautiful Lions of Judah Event Center.

 

Redan High School students and parents enjoying the event -Photo - Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

  

  

Kathy Crank, Redan High School Teacher; Mike Glenn, Motivational Speaker and Greg White, Director of Decatur Active Living and Decatur Recreation Center & Photographer- Photo- Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

We thoroughly enjoyed the “Meet and Greet”, the delicious dinner, the awards, the boxing demonstration, the “clergy” skit, the Harlem Globetrotter twirling moment; the singing artist, Godfrey King and Saxophonist, Antoine Knight and all the entertainment that evening.

Shatarreca "Cola" Pettiford, owner of "We Got Soul Food Resturant", www.wegotsoulfood.com; Dr. Mary Smith, owner of Lions of Judah Event Center www.lionscenter.net (both located in Stone Mountain, GA) and Renee Sudderth, Splash Magazine Photojournalist - Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

        

The delicious cake that made many smile -Photo - Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

      

"We Got Soul Food" Resturant; 5210 - A Stone Mountain Hwy (Hwy 78); Stone Mountain, GA 30087; 770 413-4213 -Photo- Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

     

 

Boxer, Jessica Laine-Bass trained by Xavier Biggs during the boxing demonstration in honor of Tom Molineaux - Photo- Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

Michael "Memphis" Douglas, retired Harlem Globetrotter shows his moves on a lady guest participate - Photo-Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

        

 

Saxophonist, Antoine Knight giving the people what they want - Photo-Courtesy of Lions of Judah Event Center

 

There were so many high moments that all in attendance are still talking about the great event the Mike Glenn Foundation and National Basketball Retired Players sponsored.

NBA "1983" Championship Ring Holder/Community Service Award Winner Reggie Johnson - Photo - Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

           

 

Mel Pender, receiving a Molineaux Legacy Award - Gold Medal Olympian Sprinter - Photo-Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

           

Joe Washington "Master of Ceremony" & former Broadcaster & NFL Super Bowl Champion; Mel Pender, Gold Medal Olympian Sprinter; Lonnie Edwards, Stone Mountaineers over 50 league Championship; Orrin Hudson, World Chess Champion; Mike Glenn, Retired NBA Player & Sports Analyst; Violet Palmer, first NBA female referee; Ralph Boston, Gold Medal Olympian Long Jumper; Al Attles - 2nd African American NBA Championship Coach; Reggie Johnson, NBA Championship & Community Service; Greg White, Co-Master of Ceremony & Photographer -Photo- Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

Everyone said they could feel the love, the excitement, the great sense of humor that was flowing in the air and excitement for the award recipients. Throughout the evening, following the awards presentation, Fox Sports Southeast (TV) and other cameras were filming and flashing everywhere documenting this special moment in time produced by Mike Glenn, the visionary who shared it with everyone.

 

Violet Palmer, NBA first female referee and John Evans, NAACP President, Dekalb County, Georgia -Photo- Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

                 

NBA Philadelphia 76'ers Champion & Community Award Legend Reggie Johnson; Bob Delaney, Vice President of NBA Referee Operations & 24 years NBA referee and Ronald Johnson, Co-Founder of RJohnson Community Services, Inc; www.rjcservices.org -Photo- Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

      

Community Service Award Winner Reggie Johnson with family and RJohnson Community Service Members - Sally White, Pat Oalden, Roberta Talley, Linda Johnson, Annie "Mom" Seinfield, Ronald Johnson, Renee Sudderth, Jeanine Jackson - Photo-Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

Michael Justin Glenn and Dad Mike Glenn being proud of each other - Photo- Courtesy Renee Sudderth

Now the TV audience will be able to share Mike’s special night when the NBA Atlanta Hawks Season Opener against the Detroit Piston on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 will air the Pre-game Show “Hawks Live” from 7pm – 8pm EST on Fox Sports Southeast.

Pat Oalden; Bill Knight, General Manager of Atlanta Hawks, Dr. Mary Smith; Jeanine Jackson and original Chicago Bull Player, Jim Washington -Photo - Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

 

In the meantime, stay tuned for next year to see what sport legends will be honored and what sports fans will be excited about next year. Until then, remember the Mike Glenn Foundation who continues to “Give Back” by a variety of events, primarily, “The Mike Glenn’s All-Star Basketball Camp for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Youth which completed 36 years of continuous service this summer.

Sports Legends and Trailblazers showcasing their awards and smiles -Photo- Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

     

Mike Glenn surrounded by Gina Mangham, Sharon Terrell, Renee Sudderth, Jeanine Jackson, Toni Sudderth and Pat Oalden - Photo-Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

      

High Achievers enjoying the Tom Molineaux Awards Banquet sponsored by Mike Glenn Foundation and the NBRPA-Atlanta Chapter -Photo- Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

     

Clarence Scott, 14 year NFL Cleveland Browns dancing the night away while Rickie Clements, Mike Glenn, Xavier Biggs and Jeanine Jackson looks on with laughter- Photo-Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

 

Copyright © 2015.October This story written and photos by Renee Sudderth, Greg White and Lions of Judah Event Center for Splash Magazines. It is not to be sold or reproduce without written permission of Renee Sudderth

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