Annual Colonials Invasion Season Tip-Off to be Held at Local Military Base
Mike Battle, a three-year letterwinner and two-time team MVP, began his GW career in 1969 when freshmen were not allowed to play varsity basketball and dunking was prohibited. His career took place prior to the construction of Smith Center and the Colonials practiced in the infamous "Tin Tabernacle" and played home games at Fort Myer.
A 6-foot-7 forward, Battle played alongside fellow GW Athletic Hall of Fame inductees Pat and Mike Tallent, Walter Szczerbiak, and Ronnie Nunn. The team posted a 17-9 record his senior season while competing against some of the best teams in the country.
Battle's physical play and aggressive defense earned him the nickname "Captain Crunch." He was usually assigned to guard the best player on the opposing team including All-Americas and future NBA stars such as Julius Erving, Artis Gilmore, Kermit Washington and Derek Dickey.
Graduating in 1973, Battle was drafted by the NBA's Washington Bullets. He has been living in the Hampton Roads,Va., area for the past 25 years with his wife Ivy, and their two daughters, TaVane and Nekida. Battle has worked in the telecommunications field for many and also has worked as a youth counselor. He returned to school in 1997 and began his second career. He founded a non-profit organization in 2005 "Aintbecause Community Development Corporation." The organization's purpose is to teach computer skills to the elderly and underprivileged in the community.