Mario Chalmers Scores Big at Key Biscayne Community School
February 27, 2012 — Mario Chalmers of the Miami Heat brought joy and excitement to a second grade class at Key Biscayne Community School. Student Beno Garcia-Murciano was the lucky recipient of the 2011 Miami Gala auction item Take Mario Chalmers to School, which was purchased by longtime Best Buddies supporter Phillip Levine. Beno had the pleasure of shaking hands with Chalmers, asking him one-on-one questions, and receiving a basketball signed by the basketball star himself.
During the school visit, Chalmers spoke to the class about the importance of friendship, treating others with respect, and using encouraging words instead of ones that hurt and put others down. Buddy Ambassador Chris Gay and Best Buddies participant Marcus Gray — who had the opportunity of riding with Chalmers in a limo to the school and back home — also shared a few words with the class on how hurtful words like “retard(ed)” can be.
Chalmers signed the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign banner, prompting the class to also make the pledge to stop using the “R-word.” The students enthusiastically signed the banner, as they jointly shouted, “Spread the Word to End the Word!” Lastly, Chalmers engaged in a Q&A session with the class and posed for group photos.
Best Buddies would like to thank Mario Chalmers for taking the time to spread the Best Buddies mission of friendship and for giving Key Biscayne Community School’s students a once-in-a-lifetime experience!