For years, sports camps have been part of the summer experience for children across the United States, but one camp in Atlanta is a bit different than the rest. The Mike Glenn Basketball Camp for the Hearing Impaired has been providing an outlet for deaf or hard of hearing children for more than 30 years, according to Fox affiliate WAGA.
Glenn is one of the most famous sports icons in Atlanta. He played 10 seasons for the NBA's Hawks, but since 1980 he has put his basketball skills to greater use. From humble beginnings, the camp has grown to include hundreds of kids from 12 different states and teaches them not only basketball skills but also how to overcome the obstacles placed in their way. The best part? It costs campers nothing.
"That's one of the beauties of this camp. It's a free camp," Glenn told the news channel "The coaches are volunteers. So it's one of the most unique camps in the country because of its diversity and because it's done from the spirit of love."
According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the prevalence of hearing loss has grown over the last several decades. Luckily, there are organizations such as Communication Connection, which provides support and education for families with a hearing impaired child.
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