Best Buddies 17th Annual Miami Gala
HEAT Host Annual Thanksgiving Celebration
MIAMI - The Miami HEAT hosted their 22nd Annual HEAT Thanksgiving Celebration on Friday, November 22nd at the Miami Rescue Mission (MRM). The entire HEAT team, along with coaches and front office employees joined sponsors Florida Blue, Goya Foods, Sara Lee, Pepsi, Sun Sports, AARP Foundation’s Drive to End Hunger and Del Monte Fresh Produce to usher in the Thanksgiving holiday with the residents of Greater Miami. Read the full recap.
HEAT 2013 Thanksgiving Celebration
HEAT Host Veterans Day Clinic at Southern Command in Doral
On Monday, November 11th, the Miami HEAT teamed up with Gatorade to host a special Veterans Day HEAT Youth Basketball Clinic at the United States Southern Command headquarters in Doral. HEAT President Pat Riley, HEAT Assistant coach Dan Craig, HEAT players Roger Mason Jr. and Udonis Haslem along with HEAT legends Alonzo Mourning and Tim Hardaway all made appearances at this clinic.
The event was emceed by HEAT In-Arena P.A. Announcer Michael Biamonte and In-Arena Host Dale. Former HEAT Athletic trainer Ron Culp was also in attendance, helping with stretching and warm up exercises. Read the full recap.
Carnival, Miami HEAT, Make-A-Wish Help Child's Dream Come True
Ever since he was a young child, Ryan Meiry always had a special wish – to meet Micky Arison, chairman of Carnival Corporation & plc and managing general partner of the two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat. Keenly interested in entrepreneurs and the corporate world, Ryan became fascinated with Arison's life story and captivated by business leaders who start from the bottom and go on to become successful.
To help make Ryan's wish a reality, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which fulfills the dreams of children with life-threatening medical conditions, teamed up with Carnival and the Miami Heat to provide the 14-year-old Californian with a day he will never forget. Read the full story.
Miami HEAT - Hispanic Heritage
MIAMI, October 22 – On Sunday, October 20th, the Miami Heat hosted their eighth annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration, which was presented by Pepsi and supported by Florida Blue and Sun Sports. The event took place at the Milander Center/ Ted Hendricks Stadium in Hialeah and consisted of basketball games and activities for the kids. The HEAT partnered with the City of Hialeah, with whom they have had a long-standing relationship. The Milander Center is located at 4800 Palm Avenue.
Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Udonis Haslem, James Jones, Mario Chalmers, Norris Cole, Greg Oden, and Shane Battier, interacted with 500 children from the City of Hialeah Parks and Recreation System in a series of activities which included three-on three basketball, field day games (tug of war, sack races, relays, and more), table games and dance lessons. Read the Full Event Recap
Miami HEAT - Back to School
MIAMI – On Monday, August 19th, the reigning NBA Champion Miami HEAT kicked off the 2013-14 school year in Miami-Dade County by welcoming back the students and teachers at Flagami Elementary. HEAT staffers along with HEAT presenting sponsors Del Monte Fresh Produce, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and Nesquik distributed healthy snacks, school supplies and other gifts to the students as they entered the school. Miami-Dade Public Schools Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho was also in attendance. HEAT mascot Burnie and the Xtreme Team provided entertainment and the 2013 Larry O'Brien Championship trophy was on display. Read the full event recap.
Alonzo Mourning visits County Commission
NBA Cares Learn & Play Center at The Joe Celestin Center
As part of the 2013 NBA Finals, the NBA and the Miami HEAT opened a new NBA Cares Learn & Play Center at the Joe Celestin Center on Friday, June 7th. The Center was refurbished in partnership with State Farm and will provide North Miami youngsters with a safe place to play and resources to help them explore their academic interests. It will also serve to enhance the facility’s existing programming for local residents of all ages.
The opening of the new Center was kicked off by a press conference hosted by NBA TV Host Ahmad Rashad, which also included speaking points by HEAT player Shane Battier and President of Business Operations Eric Woolworth. The HEAT Group was also represented by Chief Executive Officer Nick Arison and Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Michael McCullough. Other HEAT players in attendance were Mario Chalmers, Norris Cole, Udonis Haslem and Rashard Lewis. Also in attendance were HEAT Legends Alonzo Mourning and Tim Hardaway, who interacted and helped youngsters and families, cut the ribbon on their transformed space. NBA executives in attendance were Commissioner David Stern, NBA Cares Ambassador and Hall of Famer Bob Lanier, and WNBA Cares Ambassador Ruth Riley. Representatives from Miami-Dade County included the Honorable County Commissioner of District 2 Jean Monestime and City Manager of North Miami Stephen E. Johnson.
The new Center showcases a technology area outfitted with high-tech learning tools and a reading space stocked with new books, board games and gaming console. The Center also features new furnishings, fresh paint and HEAT themed decorations, including a HEAT inspired children’s graphic mural created by world renowned artist, David “LEBO” Le Batard. This will be the 810th Live, Learn, or Play space created by the NBA family and the 12th Learn & Play Center that the HEAT have created in South Florida.