by Mario Chalmers with Almarie Chalmers
Illustrated by Emmanuel Everett
Mario Chalmers acquired his love for basketball at age 3 thanks to a Nerf basketball and hoop, and brought home his first championship trophy from the local YMCA league at age 12. In high school, under the guidance of his father and head coach Ronnie, he won two Alaska state championships, and was named as a McDonalds All-American. At the University of Kansas, Mario earned a starting position during his freshman year, and helped lead the Jayhawks to the Big 12 Conference title. Two seasons later, he was a key member of KU's National Championship team, and famously hit a 3-point shot with 2.1 seconds left in regulation of the title game, which has come to be known as "The Miracle Shot."
Mario's success has continued throughout his NBA career, as he won back-to-back championships with the Miami Heat. He's currently playing for the Memphis Grizzlies. Off the court, Mario is the founder of the Mario V. Chalmers Foundation, which supports the positive development of youth through sports and education, and funding breast cancer research and treatment initiatives.
Almarie Chalmers is a certified professional life coach, as well as Mario Chalmer's proud mom. She's the founder of Speak Life (life-coaching for women), and the annual Speak Life With Word luncheons, which offer exhortation to women, focusing on mothers and female cancer survivors. Almarie serves as executive director of the Mario V. Chalmers Foundation, and helped develop Mario's Closet at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Lawrence, Kansas.
A 20-year veteran of the Anchorage (Alaska) School District, Almarie still finds time to work on her writing and attend her son's games. This is her second book. Her first book is titled, The Ball is in Your Court.
Emmanuel Everett has always been an avid daydreaming doodler. Since early childhood, Emmanuel has known that the stage was set for a lifetime of creative cultivation. Growing up in Anchorage, Alaska, provided a unique landscape and culture that further inspired his artistic approach to life. Whether creating and designing alongside small businesses or Fortune-500 companies, he continues to establish a progressive presence as a young artist and designer. Emmanuel strives for continuous growth and exploration...creating one big idea at a time.