Retired NBA player Mike Glenn plays himself in this film inspired by his real life basketball camps for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing. A group of misfit teens arrive at the 33rd annual basketball camp, which is the first time girls will attend the camp. Some come with hopes of hoop dreams and others are just trying to survive tumultuous teen angst. Not only do they learn life lessons through the game of basketball, but they soon learn what it means to soar like an Eagle, Win or Lose.
Before I watched this movie, I didn’t know anything about Mike Glenn and the work he does with the deaf and the hard of hearing. Most of you don’t know this but I went to college at “Gardner-Webb University” in NC and they have quite a large community there for the deaf & hard of hearing. I made quite a few friends there and even took 1 semester of Sign Language which I thoroughly enjoyed.
For me, which may be for a lot of people, it is uncomfortable at first with any handicap person because it’s just unfamiliar territory. Just not knowing what to do when you first want to introduce yourself is the most difficult. We need to train our children to be able to interact with anyone that is different than themselves, no matter what that difference is. The people I met didn’t seem to consider being deaf a handicap at all. They were all very smart, personable people with bright futures ahead of them.
Back to the movie…I would have liked to have seen a little more about Mike’s actual childhood as he was raised in such a difficult era. As I watched what his dad went through because of his skin color it was hard to imagine such terrible times and yet some of that prejudice still exists today.
I’m so glad a movie was made with closed captioning as there aren’t enough movies that have this option which makes it so hard for them to watch movies, especially Christian ones. For the full experience you’ll need to have the closed captioning on because there is one character in the film that uses sign language a lot and he isn’t always interpreted.
Two things I really liked – the punishment the coach comes up with for the boys & a comment made during the film to one of the girl campers that if you’ve lived long enough on the planet, everyone is insecure about something.
What a truth in that statement…
If you are in Houston, TX – check out the Premiere of this film
February 16, 2103
Bethany Christian Church
Houston, TX 77098
This is a Darla Rae Film – Keep an eye out for her at the Texas Christian Film Festival
SPIRIT OF LOVE
COMING SOON to Theaters/DVD/Blu-ray