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Former Jayhawk Mario Chalmers wrapped up his Kansas tour with a stop in the Capital City on Tuesday.
The NCAA and two-time NBA Finals champion made a special appearance with a big check in hand as he made a donation of $2,500 to the Ronald McDonald House of Topeka.
“It’s a great opportunity,” Chalmers said. “I’ve been a part of the Ronald McDonald House since high school. I got to visit the one in Indiana when we had our McDonald’s All-American Game so it’s good to come out here and visit the one in Topeka and be able to contribute to it.”
The Ronald McDonald House celebrated its 25th anniversary in Topeka.
Chalmers said he doesn’t forget his roots in different places around the country.
“I keep my bases where I started out in Kansas, Miami and Alaska and then try to bring it to other places but after that we’ll get started,” Chalmers said.
There’s hardly an off-season for an NBA player, especially for a guy like Chalmers considering the Miami Heat made the playoffs each of the last four years and went on to three straight appearances in the NBA Finals.
“We just have to pick and choose my moments,” Chalmers said. “We have the down time right now in the summer and try to get as much of it done as I can and so I can get back ready for the season.”
His tour over the past week included stops in Olathe, Lawrence and Topeka to help raise money for his foundation.
“It was a lot of fun to come back,” Chalmers said. “It’s always fun to come back to Lawrence and hang out but it’s for a more important cause with my foundation, interacting with the people and just being a friendly face for the community.”
Chalmers returns to the court for Miami’s training camp beginning in September.