MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Mario Chalmers is used to hearing cheers from the home crowd—but the cheers heard at the YMCA in South Dade is a whole different feeling for the Heat player.
When Chalmers was 10-years-old, at a YMCA in Anchorage, Alaska, his ambitions were just starting to emerge at he took his first shot on the basketball court.READ MORE: Taste Of The Town: Chefs Jose Mendin And Santo Agnello Open Italian Eatery Casa Isola
Miami is a long way from Anchorage, but Chalmers knows the ambition in the kids’ minds is the same. For that reason Chalmers joined forces with Neighbors 4 Neighbors so that YMCA kids would get this simple message—to dream big.READ MORE: Missing California Tourist Angela Morrisey Found In Medley
Chalmers’ dream has become a basketball fairy tale as he’s one of the few players to win championships in high school, college as well as the pros.MORE NEWS: Zoo Miami Helps Discover A Brand New Spider Species In Miami
Chalmers was voted into the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame.