Introduction to Mario Chalmers
Almario Vernard “Mario” Chalmers (born May 19, 1986) was selected with the 34th overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves after playing three seasons of college basketball for the University of Kansas. In that same season, he was part of the 2007–08 national championship team. He was the first and currently only player to play in the NBA born in the state of Alaska. Chalmers was named the 2006–07 Co-Defensive Player of the Year and the Most Outstanding Player of the 2008 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament.
The NBA veteran played a major role in the NBA Finals for the Heat in 2012/2013. The point guard won two NBA Championships as part of a legendary roster that included Lebron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh.
Not only is Chalmers extremely valuable on the court, he’s also fantastic off the court. He’s the founder of the Mario V. Chalmers Foundation, which supports athletic and educational programs for children and also helps fund programs for breast cancer research.