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"Mighty Mike" Simmel has been on a roller coaster ride in life and he will take you and your audience on a journey through the ups and downs of living his dreams despite his many obstacles. Your audience will be amazed when they learn that Mike is a person living with epilepsy. As a young child, they will also learn that Mike could not skip or hop on one leg, was debilitated to special-ed gym class, only then to now see him perform dazzling multi-basketball handling tricks that has made him a successful player on the circuit for the Harlem Wizards basketball team and at high profile events! The Mighty Mike message is that “everyone has an inner talent and we must find that talent, maximize it to its fullest potential and make a positive impact on the world.” Mike's message will show how to lead and persevere through adversity. He will show each
and every child how to reach their dreams and overcome adversity in their individual everyday lives!

The 45-60 minute long program will condense an interactive basketball show with the themes of goal
setting, anti-bullying, confidence building, healthy living and disability awareness. Your audience will learn that self-belief and determination can turn debilitating effects of failure into success. The lessons will show each child that no matter what adversity they may face they can use that as a positive outlet and reach toward a better tomorrow. Mike's teaching will combine both the substance and style that has made him very successful speaking at events for the Epilepsy Foundation of America and its many affiliates, National Pharmaceutical Companies, various school programs and at top colleges on the summer basketball camp circuit. Everyone will feel motivated with the purpose to accomplish something positive in and out of the classroom. If your audience loves music, fun, sports and high energy, this is definitely the program for you!


Here's what students have said about Mike:

"You taught me that if I really work hard at something, I will succeed."

"You were in a special class in school, and now you are a professional basketball player!"

"I thought Mighty Mike was a really cool dude and was very positive in his outlook on life. His focus was to never give up and to give it your best shot with whatever you have."

"If a person has a physical problem, don't look at it like it is a bad thing. Make it fun, make it work!"

"You were fun to watch! I hope you can come back next year!"


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"Mighty Mike Simmel gave an outstanding presentation to the students at Manchester Middle School on May 23rd, 2008. Mike received a lot of fan mail from the students praising him for achieving his professional goals while overcoming his life-long challenges of epilepsy. The 45 minutes flew by as Mike rounded up a circle of volunteers to showcase his ball handling skills and perform tricks.
I want to personally thank Mike Simmel for his thoughts on life's adversities and for inspiring all of us to tap into the potential deep within! "
-Irene O'Reilly, teacher/event coordinator Manchester Middle School
"The elementary students in Waldwick enjoyed Mighty Mike's program and were so touched by his kindness and his basketball wizardry."
-Dr. Carol L. Lynch, Director of Special Services, Waldwick, NJ
"Mike held the attention of a tough group of high-school kids. It was obvious that he doesn't come in with a script, rather he works his audience. I would recommend him for a meaningful yet entertaining and fun program."
- Sondra Paulson, PTSA President, Essex County Vo-Tech, West Caldwell Campus



Mike being honored at Yankee Stadium during Disability Awareness Night
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