One-on-one interview with Phoenix Sun’s super fan Mr. ORNG

PHOENIX – A Valley man turned a negative fan experience into his superfan alter ego of Phoenix Suns.

Mr. ORNG (pronounced “orange”) was born more than a decade ago. He was always the loudest in his section when attending the Phoenix Suns games among other season ticket holders, and it wasn’t until he received negative comments from his home audience that he decided to make a change.

“Some games I would cheer and excited and go into them and people would look at me and [say], ‘Hey shut up, calm down’ and I’m like, ‘Are you kidding? This is sport! They feed on it, ‘”said Mr ORNG.

Soon after, a friend suggested he take things to the next level. “I started spraying my hair orange, putting on a little orange paint,” and Mr. ORNG was born.

With orange spiky hair, a matching headband, and a bright orange wardrobe that takes many shapes, Mr. ORNG quickly became a must-have fan of Suns’ games.

He turned his fandom into a stage for positivity. Mr. ORNG has been visiting fans in the hospital and giving public lectures for children to preach to them to follow their dreams just like he did in pursuit of the ultimate fan life.

“What is your passion? What do you want to do? And I say: ‘Ask yourself this question, think about it, maybe you have not reached an answer now,” said Mr ORNG.

His alter ego Patrick Battillo works in logistics and is the head coach of the Varsity Boys basketball coach at Peoria High School. Battillo’s whole life is focused on giving back and inspiring others.

“Giving back everything to do with basketball and promoting youth. This is where my passion comes to the fore [from]. “

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