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“having FUN.”

"Basketball has played an important part in all aspects of my life. From gaining a scholarship to get a college education, travelling the world, and meeting people from different countries and different backgrounds.

I now help to run a charity that uses the sport of basketball to enrich the lives of thousands of children.

I always strive to make sports a positive experience for kids.

Studies have shown the primary reason kids quit sports is that they stopped “having FUN.”

Orange-Ball FUN. offers a variety of fun youth programs and activities.” 



Mike Spears is super enthusiastic about the  positive benefits of sports and education. Committed to leaning from an early age, Mike applied a combination of athletic ability and academic dedication to lift himself from a difficult upbringing in the United States. He has received numerous awards for all his hard work and achievements.


Mike became a Professional Basketball player and traveled around the world playing in 8 countries. He has played for the Perth Wildcats NBL teams, former Big V player and coach, Current ambassador and head coach of the HELPING HOOPS Charity.


Head coach of the Elwood Basketball Academy. BA degree  in Kinesiology (Sports Science/Human Movement) s an inspiration for many young people, Mike has used his successful career in basketball as a means of not only to get young people to stay active but also to set goals, find confidence, develop leadership skills and make positive choices.