Mike Simmel was almost bounced out of a basketball camp as a 16-year-old. The reason he had a seizure during camp, and that event became the cornerstone of Bounce Out the Stigma.
He had experienced numerous seizures before that day, but unlike that day he felt ostracized and strangely different, and peers viewed him differently, and a quest to overcome that event was started. Although he would not overcome epilepsy, he lives with the battle through a healthy lifestyle, medical advice on medications.
Mighty” Mike Simmel was a 13-year professional entertainment basketball player of the world-famous Harlem Wizards. Today, Mike is a top-notch camp clinician, educator, event performer, and motivational speaker, “Mighty” Mike will give all people he comes in contact with a uniquely inspiring and genuinely fun-filled experience.
Mike’s full efforts are devoted to providing a safe environment for kids to enjoy being kids and developing self-confidence. His goal is to educate those with special needs and those seeking to put that community in a sealed vacuum.
How does a kid rise from a special-ed gym class to a professional basketball ball-handling wizard? Only Mike Simmel can capture his audience’s imagination with the “chills and thrills” of his story. From receiving the prestigious 2009 TOYA Award, as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans to being named a Kentucky Colonel by the Governor of Kentucky in 2014, is just some of the fantastic things that have happened to Mike.
Mike Relates to Kids & Young Adults
As he will tell you in no uncertain terms. . . I have been where these kids are, my youth was filled with doctor visits, changes in medication, and peer mistrust. Being bullied as a young kid to becoming a professional ballplayer is Mike’s story. His story creates our mission to help others facing the challenges Mke did.
Mike has performed at the NCAA Final Four, has been interviewed on numerous television network shows, featured in national magazines and newspapers. He has even performed live at NYC’s Apollo on TV’s “Showtime at the Apollo.” Mike has done over 800 halftime shows throughout the US and spoke at over 300+ schools.