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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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Chalmers was voted into the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame.