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Since his days as a star guard at the old Lee High School (and, as a senior, at Hillhouse), Tharon Mayes has lived life on a worldwide stage.

He had a standout career at Florida State that translated into a brief foray into the NBA (76ers, Clippers), followed by 10 years playing professionally in Europe — from Spain to Greece and all points in between. During summers, he’d fly to South America to play for a couple of months.

Since calling it quits on his playing career, Mayes has been involved with youth programs in Florida, Toronto and, most recently, Boston, where he and his older brother, Larry, were instrumental in helping to lower the crime rate in a Dorchester neighborhood, earning praise from Mayor Thomas Menino.

Read full article from the New Haven Register about Tharon Mayes as a role model.

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