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.


TheBoHawk 4 years, 11 months ago

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

jaybate 4 years, 11 months 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!!!!!

REHawk 4 years, 11 months ago

Maybe 5'9 and 15/16" in his Adidas....

Jeff Kilgore 4 years, 11 months ago

Soooo . . . Embiid has gained 35-40 pounds in a month? Wasn't he listed at 210-15 just last May?

texashawk10 4 years, 11 months ago

Rivals had Embiid at 220 in the final rankings and ESPN had him at 230 in their final rankings.

jaybate 4 years, 11 months ago

Well, Coach Self has appeared in the past to assign weights and heights to players based more on the way he wants them to visualize themselves playing, than on scales and tape measures. :-)

Maybe Joel has been told to play as if he were 250, and let Hudy worry about getting him there by April. :-)

I will never forget believing Self, when Self said that Elijah Johnson had this huge growth spurt that turned him into a 6-4 point guard after being signed at 6-2. Then after his last game, we learn that he was 6-2 the WHOLE TIME!!

I have howled about that one a half dozen times or more since last season. I was completely taken in by it. There is a reason Coach Self always looks like he has a twinkle in his eye, and is looking away from Holly, or whomever, during half time interviews. He is a genius with a trickster mentality and is always trying to have fun with the game and the media, probably to keep himself from getting bored, or burned out, or most likely both. I only believe Joel Embiid is 7-0 tall, because Self has never commented on it. :-)

If Joel has any trouble at all with the transition to D1 and has to stay at KU a second season, I am fully expecting Coach Self to announce at the beginning of Joel's second season that he had a growth spurt to 7-2, or 7-4 just to get Joel in the "right frame of mind"!!!!

Heck, he named Jerrance Howard his "assistant head coach" ahead of Norm and Kurtis probably just to give Jerrance a little goose. Bill, Norm and Kurtis all probably had a huges laugh about it. They probably bought Jerrance stationary and t-shirts and suit pocket handkerchiefs all with "Assistant Head Coach" on them!!!

The real reason Self may not go to the pros is that he is having to much fun again, after his midlife crisis last season.

Go, Bill, Go!!!!

jaybate 4 years, 11 months ago







Kevin Huffman 4 years, 11 months ago

One that stands out to me above on the roster is that Selden's 230!!! And given that he doesn't look slobbish that's a LOT of muscle for a 6'-5 SG!!!!

KansasComet 4 years, 11 months 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.

REHawk 4 years, 11 months 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!

REHawk 4 years, 11 months 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.

Jeff Kilgore 4 years, 11 months 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.

Steve Corder 4 years, 11 months 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!

DCJayhawk0208 4 years, 11 months ago

All charities have to make public their tax returns (IRS Form 990) if they raise or spend more than $25,000 in a year. Guidestar publishes these returns, which you can view or download with a free account. In 2010, the Chalmers foundation raised just over $46,000. It also is required to disclose its five highest paid employees as well as compensation for all board members or key employees. No one received compensation in 2010.

In 2011 and 2012, the foundation raised or spent less than $25,000 and was then required to file a 990-N, also known as an e-postcard, which provided little information other than an attestation that they raised or spent less than $25k.

Not all that lucrative.

jaybate 4 years, 11 months ago


Way to bring some data to the discourse!!!!

Ian Emerson 4 years, 11 months ago

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

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