Miami HEAT: Community
Random Acts of HEAT Pep Rally at N. Hialeah Elementary
2015 HEAT Academy End of Year Recap and Photo Gallery
The Miami HEAT held an end-of-year celebration for 300 HEAT Academy students at AmericanAirlines Arena on May 14th, 2015. The afternoon consisted of a carnival-style event with food, fun, and excitement. During the festivities, Carnival Corporation & plc and Carnival Foundation presented a check in the amount of $160,000 to the Florida Prepaid College Foundation for scholarships benefiting HEAT Academy students. Fifteen fifth-grade HEAT Academy students have become eligible for a Carnival Scholarship, which matures in 2022, the fifth-grade class’ expected graduating year. This marked the 13th consecutive year that Carnival has funded the scholarships, and during this time the company has purchased 195 scholarships with a total value of more than $2.2 million. Read the full recap | View the photo gallery
14th Annual HEAT April Pool's Day Recap
The Miami HEAT teamed up with Florida Blue, Sun Sports and the American Red Cross to host the 14th Annual HEAT April Pool’s Day on Wednesday, April 8th at Grapeland Water Park. The event serves as the launch of the HEAT’s summer long “Learn to Swim” community swim safety campaign and officially kicks off the swim season in South Florida. HEAT players James Ennis and Tyler Johnson, along with the HEAT Dancers, got into the pool with children from Dunbar K-8 Center, Grapeland Water Park and Kinloch Park for a special swimming lesson under the direction and supervision of American Red Cross’ certified water safety instructors and lifeguards. The event was hosted by In-Arena Public Address Announcer Michael Baiamonte. Guest speakers included Miami HEAT Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Michael McCullough, Florida Blue Senior Director of Business Development, Media and External Relations, Doug Bartel, Media Relations Manager for FOX’s Sun Sports Eric Esteban, American Red Cross Territory Aquatics Specialist, Patrick Beason, and City of Miami District 1 Commissioner, Wilfredo Gort. Read the full recap.
HEAT Honor 2015 Carnival Scholarship Recipients
Miami-based Carnival, the Miami HEAT, and Florida Prepaid College Foundation presented local high school students with four-year college scholarships. Purchased by Carnival Foundation, the scholarships were presented to former students of the HEAT Academy, an after school enrichment program for at-risk youth, who currently participate in an innovative workplace mentoring program sponsored by Carnival, the HEAT and in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters. Recipients were selected based on academic performance and interviews with representatives from the various organizations. Read the full recap.
Learn & Play Center Photo Gallery and Recap
The Miami HEAT celebrated the opening of its 15th Learn & Play Center at The Learning Experience School on Wednesday, March 17th. The new Learn & Play center, refurbished in partnership with presenting sponsor and longtime HEAT community partner Florida Blue, provides youth with a safe place to play and resources to help them explore their academic interests. View the photo gallery | Read the full recap
Sixth Annual Miami HEAT Black History Month Challenge
The Miami HEAT hosted students from North Miami Senior High School (Miami-Dade) and Ft. Lauderdale High School (Broward) to participate in the Sixth Annual Miami HEAT Black History Month Challenge presented by Pepsi, held at the AmericanAirlines Arena on Tuesday, February 24th. The Miami HEAT Black History Month Challenge is a game show-style competition where a team from each of the schools tests their knowledge of African-American history, with the winning school walking away with a $4,000 grant and tickets to an upcoming HEAT game. The runner up receives a $500 grant. Read the full recap.
Sixth Annual HEAT Beach Sweep
The Miami HEAT hosted its 6th Annual HEAT Beach Sweep at HEAT Academy school site, Jesse J. McCrary Jr. Elementary School. Presented by PricewaterhouseCoopers and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami, the annual cleanup event moved beyond the beach to highlight the HEAT’s commitment to generating awareness for the protection and sustainability of the environment throughout our community. HEAT Legend Alonzo Mourning joined players James Ennis and Hassan Whiteside with assisting in the days many activities. Read the full recap.
HEAT Youth Basketball Clinic Recap
The Miami HEAT hosted a HEAT Youth Basketball Clinic presented by Gatorade at the City of Miami Beach Parks and Recreations Department’s North Shore Park Youth Center. HEAT Players Justin Hamilton and Hassan Whiteside joined HEAT Assistant Coach, Dan Craig and former HEAT Trainer Ron Culp in conducting the clinic. The event included children from their after-school program which is designed to engage children in educational and recreational activities that promote their physical, cognitive, motor, social, and emotional development. Video Summary | Read the full recap.