Mario Chalmers Hosting a Charity Exhibition Game in Alaska

by November 18, 2011


Mario Chalmers’ charity game won’t be the most star-studded of the NBA lockout, but no other game so far can claim to have been hosted in a more exotic location. From the Sun-Sentinel: “Drawing from each phase of his basketball career, Chalmers has assembled a roster of players with ties to his time as a prep star in Alaska, as a national champion at the University of Kansas and as a pro in South Florida. ‘It’s official folks,’ the Heat free-agent point guard posted on his Twitter account Thursday night. The Dec. 1 game will be played at Sullivan Arena, which seats 7,987 … Among those committed to the game are Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer, the league’s other player from Alaska, who played at Douglas High in Juneau; former Kansas players Brandon Rush, Marcus Morris, Markeif Morris, Julian Wright and Cole Aldrich; current Heat teammates Chris Bosh and Dexter Pittman; former Heat teammates Daequan Cook and Michael Beasley; as well as DeAndre Jordan, Terrence Williams, John Wall, James Harden, Eric Gordon, Nate Robinson, Spencer Hawes and Iman Shumpert … The game will be played at NBA length and under NBA rules, with tickets priced from $25 to $150. The game will benefit Alaska Hoops, Inc., which raises funds for area sports programs, and the Mario V. Chalmers Foundation, which runs Mario’s Closet, a shop at Memorial Hospital in Lawrence, Kansas, that provides free or low-cost items for cancer patients.”