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Spirit of Love : The Mike "Stinger" Glenn Story      
A Darla Rae Film - Produced by Film-It Productions

Letters of Endorsement

March 14, 2012
Pennsylvania School for the Deaf
100 W. School House Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19144

Darla Rae- CEO
Executive Producer, Director, Screenwriter
2710 E. Fremont Place
Centennial, CO. 80122

Dear Ms. Rae
This year, the Mike Glenn Foundation presents their 33rd Annual Mike Glenn Basketball Camp for the Hearing Impaired from June 18th through June 22, 2012. This week long, cost free camp is an exciting time of skill, confidence and fellowship-building for our Deaf teens at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf. Phil Merlino has been organizing our students in attending this outstanding basketball camp for some time now. Our student-participants enjoy daily basketball drills, exercises and scrimmages that will improve their skills on the court as well as camaraderie with hearing impaired peers and volunteers in the spirit of sportsmanship. Special guests, both Hearing and Deaf, visit the camp to share their experiences of overcoming adversity in their professional as well as personal life with the aim of building self-esteem. Off-site outings also give our participants the opportunity to enjoy camp in fun and carefree settings within the security of their peer group.

The camp historically culminates the week with an All-Star Game on Friday night. This finale event showcases the best performers of the week. The All-Star Game gives friends and family the chance to witness the impact that the Mike Glenn Basketball Camp for the Hearing Impaired has made on the social and athletic skills of our PSD students, and also provides a chance for campers to meet and socialize with their new friends. It is a cause worthy of public awareness as their mission is to simply empower these young athletes by including them in the mainstream.

This year’s camp is special in the fact that Award Winning Filmmaker Darla Rae and Film-It Productions will be filming an original motion picture about Mike Glenn, his life and this camp. We believe in the company’s mission to produce quality entertainment that motivates uplifts, encourages and inspires audiences.

Spirit of Love is about the life of former NBA player Mike “Stinger” Glenn. Mike Glenn played in the NBA for 10 seasons. It is about how his life was molded and developed during his formative years from heroes who you may not recognize. Mike grew up in the south during segregation, and learned profound skills for life from the most unlikely heroes during that time period, deaf children, his father a teacher, and a black girl. As a rookie drafted by the Chicago Bulls, and then traded following a broken neck, Mike was able to champion the skills learned earlier in life to push through a potentially career ending injury and go on to propel others to achieve great accomplishments through his basketball camps for the deaf and hard of hearing community.

The original concept for the story was provided by Stuart Klugler and Phil Merlino, a staff member in the high school at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf. Phil has worked as a coach at Deaf schools since 1974 and has coached at Mike Glenn camps since 1982. Phil has been very instrumental in providing information for this story.

The Pennsylvania School for the Deaf endorses the Mike Glenn Basketball Camp and the filming of “The Spirit of Love.” We are extremely excited about the film and believe that the story and the impact of Deaf Culture on the general public would be a great.
We believe that the Spirit of Love will inspire other athletes as well as give a positive boost to the NBA. Spirit of Love will show the general public that there are still professional ball players who care and respect others and give back to the society which has given them so much. The original music score titled. “Spirit of Love” is compassionate, competitive, and inspiring. We wish Ms. Darla Rae and her staff and actors the best of luck in “The Spirit of Love.”

Sincerely,

Mr. Larry Taub, Head of School
Pennsylvania School for the Deaf


March 6, 2012

To Whom It May Concern:

Nearly 7 years ago, VSA Tennessee was introduced to Darla Rae as she was getting ready to unveil, The Goal, which was a touching film involving tragedy, challenges and triumph. Once again, Ms. Rae has developed a film that focuses on this important human condition.

Spirit of Love is about the life of former NBA player Mike “Stinger” Glenn. Mike Glenn played in the NBA for 10 seasons. It is about how his life was molded and developed during his formative years from heroes who you may not recognize. Mike grew up in the south during segregation, and learned profound skills for life from the most unlikely heroes during that time period, deaf children, his father a teacher, and a black girl. As a rookie drafted by the Chicago Bulls, and then traded following a broken neck, Mike was able to champion the skills learned earlier in life to push through a potentially career ending injury and go on to propel others to achieve great accomplishments through his basketball camps for the deaf and hard of hearing community.

As an organization that works with people with disabilities, VSA Tennessee sees many families that are faced with the news of a disability that either shows itself at birth or manifests later due to an illness, accident or late detection. However, in most cases, the initial news of the disability is seen as a tragedy in the life of that family. Undoubtedly, the next stage the family will face is that of challenge. However, what these families need is encouragement and signs of hope so that they can move their focus from the “dis” to the “abilities” that the person still possesses.

Films such as Spirit of Love provide the message of triumph, success and hope that so many people with disabilities need for encouragement and inspiration. Over 20% of the population has a disability. Although those numbers are large, it is easy to feel very alone when you are the person with the disability. Films such as Spirit of Love remind those with disabilities that they are not alone.

VSA Tennessee strongly supports the promotion of the abilities of people with disabilities and the efforts of those individuals who work to champion such abilities. We look forward to the release of Spirit of Love.

Sincerely,

Lori Kissinger
Executive Director
VSA Tennessee

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