Friday, July 26, 2013

Chalmers returns to Lawrence to give back

Former Kansas basketball player Mario Chalmers sets to throw the ball during a demonstration at his All Pro Celebrity basketball game Thursday at Olathe East.

Former Kansas basketball player Mario Chalmers sets to throw the ball during a demonstration at his All Pro Celebrity basketball game Thursday at Olathe East.


Mario Chalmers, who held a four-day youth camp and all-star basketball game Monday through Thursday in Olathe, now moves to Lawrence for a set of events supporting his Mario V. Chalmers Foundation.

The former Kansas University combo guard, who has completed five seasons with the Miami Heat, joins former KU guard Ben McLemore of the Sacramento Kings in an autograph signing session from noon to 2 p.m., Saturday at Crown Toyota Showroom, 3440 S. Iowa St.

On Sunday, Chalmers will host his National Championship Golf Classic VIP Mixer from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Cider Gallery, 810 Pennsylvania St.

Monday is the fifth-annual National Championship Golf Classic at Alvamar. And on Tuesday, Chalmers ventures to Topeka to present a check to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeast Kansas.

“When I think of Mario, I think of a good-hearted guy with a tremendous work ethic, especially on the basketball court,” said former KU guard Jeff Hawkins, head coach at Perry-Lecompton, who assisted at Chalmers’ camp and played in Thursday’s all-star game at Olathe East. “Off the court, he has a big heart as well, involving him with his Mario Chalmers Foundation. But when I think of Mario, I think of, ‘All-out good guy,’” Hawkins added.

Chalmers, who has won two championships with the Heat after winning one at KU, said he’s committed to his foundation, which indicates its mission is “to create and support community based programs that encourage the positive development of youth through sports and education and fund initiatives for breast cancer research and treatment. The MVC Foundation will strive to empower, inspire and enable youth to live healthy lifestyles, put education first and give back to their communities. Each activity supported by the MVC Foundation will encourage youth to stay positive and remind them that in times of adversity...we must perform.”

Chalmers said he seeks no credit for his charitable works.

“Giving back always has been a big part of my life. Ever since I was a little kid my mom used to do it,” Chalmers said. “Basically it’s a habit. When I got in the position I was in, I wanted to give kids an opportunity (at camp) to hang around NBA players and see the type of training we do. It’s all about giving back to the community and helping out.”

For information on coming events go to the foundation’s website.

This year’s honoree: Miles Schnaer, owner of Crown, will receive the Chalmers Foundation’s Heart of a Champion award at Monday’s National Championship Classic golf tournament for his contributions to both the Mario V. Chalmers Foundation and the local community.

Roster: KU has made public its 2013-14 men’s basketball roster on the webpage. The roster is ...

0 — Frank Mason, 5-11, 185, Fr., G, Petersburg, Va.

1 — Wayne Selden, Jr., 6-5, 230, Fr., G, Roxbury, Mass.

3 — Andrew White III, 6-6, 210, Soph., G, Richmond, Va.

4 — Justin Wesley, 6-9, 220, Sr., F, Fort Worth, Texas

5 — Evan Manning, 6-3, 170, Soph., G, Lawrence

10 — Naadir Tharpe, 5-11, 170, Jr., G, Worcester, Mass.

11 — Tyler Self, 6-2, 165, Soph., G, Lawrence

14 — Brannen Greene, 6-7, 215, Fr., F, Juliette, Ga.

15 — Christian Garrett, 6-3, 185, Sr., G, Los Angeles

20 — Niko Roberts, 5-11, 175, Sr., G, Huntington, N.Y.

21 — Joel Embiid, 7-0, 250, Fr., C, Cameroon

22 — Andrew Wiggins, 6-8, 200, Fr., G, Thornhill, Ontario, Canada

23 — Conner Frankamp, 6-0, 165, Fr., G, Wichita

25 — Tarik Black, 6-9, 260, Sr., F, Memphis

31 — Jamari Traylor, 6-8, 220, Soph., F, Chicago

33 — Landen Lucas, 6-10, 240, Fr., F, Portland

34 — Perry Ellis, 6-8, 225, Soph., F, Wichita

42 — Hunter Mickelson, 6-10, 245, Soph., F, Jonesboro, Ark.

Mason dunks: KU’s Frank Mason has posted some of his dunks during a recent workout on Instagram.


William Blake 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Perfect Jayhawk summer... laying by the pool, drinking tallboys, thinking ball in AFH...

The only thing better will start in just a few months!


Mike Rotchurtz 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Or maybe Mario is just a good guy. Thanks for the financial planning tips bb73, but you really need to lighten up.


Ian Emerson 8 months, 3 weeks ago

I'm going to love Wayne guarding Marcus. What a matchup that's going to be


Steve Corder 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Sports/Celebrity Foundations are a great tax deduction that allows the super high income athlete/coaches (etc.) to direct ones financial support to friends and family, working for the foundation, while receiving substantial tax breaks. I wonder how many foundations have, besides generous compensation packages, retirement benefits that make most corporate employee plans look anemic?

You LJW guys ought to take a real close look at the explosion of these foundations. Most of these athletes, before the big contracts, probably didn't know what an IRA was, and I seriously doubt they took their first big check and enrolled in a finance and tax course at the local community college.

With possible tax rates between 50 to 60% I can't blame them for setting up a foundation!


Jeff Kilgore 8 months, 3 weeks ago

This roster is mind-blowing, and although we'll be young, we'll compete hard against every team we play. Getting this team to gel is not a concern to me because Self is coaching it. They will.


REHawk 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Without Andrea Hudy's precautionary conditioning, Tharpe, Mason and Frankamp are going to strain their necks, looking up to pass and lob to their towering teammates.


REHawk 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Wow! Talk about size. Just imagine Wiggins, Selden, White, Ellis and any one of those centers on the court at one time!!!!! And then there is Greene and Traylor!


KansasComet 8 months, 3 weeks ago

KU has the ability to bust open zone defenses with outstanding 3 point shooting. Hopefully, when players like White III, Frankamp, and Greene are feeling it from deep, Coach Self will turn them loose. They have the ability to knock down 5 or more 3 pointers in a row.

When teams try to play man-to-man defense, KU no less than four players that cannot be guarded one on one in Wiggins, Ellis, Selden, and Mason. With Traylor, Embiid, Black, and Lucas on the glass, and blocking shots, not to mention clearing paths for Mason, Selden, Wiggins, and Ellis to get in the lane, KU is a pick your poison team.

Should be an exciting year for our Jayhawks. With that being said, we need Big XII teams to do better in the NCAA Tournament if we are ever going to be considered the best Conference in College Basketball.


jaybate 8 months, 3 weeks ago

• Chalmers is turning into GIANT.

• Best roster news: Andrew is a 6-8 200 LB guard!!!! Forget the shooting forward/3 crapola! He is going to put it on the deck and go from anywhere! He has to be KU's tallest guard.

• Second best roster news: Selden is a 6-5 230 LB guard! Marcus Smart, meet your warden!!!

• KU does not have bigs. It has interior linemen!!!!

Embiid 250 Black 260 Lucas 240 Michelson 245

Weiss has to be green with envy!

• if Mason is listed at 5-11, he must only be 5-9. And he's dunking!!!!!


Cysquatch 8 months, 3 weeks ago

34 is going to be all conference this season, perhaps all American.


TheBoHawk 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Damn... I didn't know we had the center floor from the 2008 Championship game....also, Mason's got mad decent bunnies.


Jay Dogger 8 months, 4 weeks ago

I guess Frankamp is the footer between him, Mason and Tharpe.


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