Heat's Chalmers hosts basketball camp for kids

Chalmers' foundation donated $5,000 to Boys & Girls Club of Miami-Dade

By Alexandra Fruin - Producer , Liane Morejon - Reporter

MIAMI - Miami Heat point guard Mario Chalmers is staying in South Florida, and he's teaching children in the community about the sport that's made him famous.

Chalmers kicked off the first of a two-day interactive basketball camp for children ages 5-15 at the Boys & Girls Club of Miami-Dade Saturday. 

"I'm just trying to teach them some of the skills I've learned," said Chalmers. The 28-year-old also had some advice for the campers.

"Never let anybody tell you can't make it... try to stay positive in what you do and be focused on it."


For now, it appears Chalmers is keeping his focus on the Miami Heat. He was officially re-signed to the team earlier this week. But his return to the court will be without his former teammate, LeBron James. 

Chalmers said he's talked to James a 'couple of times' since his decision to return to Cleveland and doesn't blame him for going home. 

"You gotta do what's best for your family. I'm not mad at him at all," Chalmers said. "You gotta do what's right for them and what you feel is right in your heart."

Chalmers added that he thinks it will be fun to play against James again. 

Each of the campers at the Mario Chalmers Basketball Camp will receive a T-shirt, Chalmers' autograph and an exclusive camp team photo. The Boys & Girls Club, located at 2805 SW 32nd Ave., was recently awarded a $5,000 donation from the Mario V. Chalmers Foundation. 

The money will help to upgrade the facility's basketball gym, including a new paint job and the replacement of six hoops.

"I helped design it, I helped rebuild it, it's a great feeling," said Chalmers. 

Click here for more information on the camp. 

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