Former NBA player Mike Glenn shares #WhyISign video

Mike Glenn, a former NBA player who runs an annual basketball camp for deaf and hard of hearing students in Atlanta, went viral in a #WhyISign video in which he explains how he learned ASL and became a part of the Deaf community. Check this out.


[Video by Leslie F. Eldred]

MIKE GLENN: #whyIsign... My name is Mike Glenn. I am a former professional basketball player in the NBA. Why did I learn how to sign? It was from my dad who was a basketball coach at Georgia School for the Deaf. His students and basketball players taught me sign language and the game of basketball. #whyisign... I use sign language to communicate with my campers and many of my best friends are deaf as well. ILY.


Alex: That’s a great video. It was filmed by Leslie F. Eldred, who volunteered at the camp last week. She said she used to be a camper in 1988 and 1989 when she was a Missouri School for the Deaf student. She currently works at the Wisconsin School for the Deaf. Thank you for sharing the video with us.

Glenn played in the NBA for 10 years with teams the Buffalo Braves (who is now the LA Clippers), the New York Knicks, the Atlanta Hawks, and the Milwaukee Bucks. His nickname was “Stinger,” because of his jump shot skills.

He is currently a broadcast commentator for the Atlanta Hawks.

The Mike Glenn All-Star Basketball Camp is celebrating their 40th anniversary this year. It is free of charge and invites up to 120 athletes every year. Sign1News did extensive coverage of the camp last week.

Glenn is also an avid African American history researcher and collector and has written four books on African American historical topics.

For more information about his life, NBA career, and his research, you can check out his website at


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