Chalmers bigger star off the court (Basketball)

July 10, 2010
Mario Chalmers

Don’t let the glitz and glam of South Beach fool you, Mario Chalmers of Anchorage is good people.

Even though he’s far away from the University of Kansas and even farther away from his hometown, the third-year guard with the Miami Heat still holds both communities close to his heart.

That’s why he has chapters of his Mario V. Chalmers Foundation in Lawrence, Kan., and Anchorage, supporting youth sports programs and raising money for breast cancer treatment.

“They’re causes that are very important to me and my family,” he told the Kansas City Star.

Chalmers, of Bartlett High fame, reportedly presented a $25,000 check to the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association to help establish Mario’s Closet, which specializes in supplying cancer patients with free accessories.

He plans to open another chapter of the Mario V. Chalmers Foundation in Miami now that it looks like he’s going to stick around and play his new running mates.

Sure, he had to give up his No. 6 jersey number.

But the last time he wore No. 15 he drained one of the biggest shots in NCAA history to help the Jayhawks win the 2008 national championship.

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