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.
Our communications team has been working hard to ensure that the Best Buddies mission is being seen and heard — from stories in newspapers and magazines, to features on news stations around the country.
We’ve generated publicity from various events hosted this year, including the Palm Beach Gala, the Audi Best Buddies Challenge: Hyannis Port, and the 22nd Annual Best Buddies International Leadership Conference at Indiana University. The team has also produced public service announcements (PSAs) with Miami Heat superstar, Chris Bosh and the NBA draft’s number one pick, Kyrie Irving, who was chosen to play for the Cleveland Caveliers.