Miami HEAT: Community
Miami HEAT welcome back students and teachers at Shadowlawn Elementary School
The Miami HEAT kicked off the 2016-17 school year in Miami-Dade County by welcoming back the students and teachers at Shadowlawn Elementary School on Monday, August 22nd. HEAT players, Rodney McGruder, Stefan Janković, Brianté Weber and Okaro White along with the HEAT Dancers, HEAT mascot, Burnie, and Uptown Dale hosted a pep rally at the school and distributed school supplies courtesy of Florida Prepaid College Board to the students. Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho was also in attendance.
Shadowlawn Elementary is located at 149 NW 49th Street, Miami, FL 33127.
According to the 2015-16 grades report, Miami-Dade County Public Schools outperformed the entire state of Florida. More than half of all schools in the county earned an impressive A or B grade. Most notably, Shadowlawn Elementary, the school with the lowest grade, drastically improved by increasing their 2014-15 grade F to a grade B in 2015-16.
Johnson and Richardson surprise young swimmers at Bucky Dent Water Park
The Miami HEAT teamed up with Florida Blue, FOX Sports Sun and the American Red Cross and surprised some young swimmers during their swimming lessons this past Monday, July 25th at the Bucky Dent Water Park. As part of the HEAT Learn to Swim community water safety campaign, HEAT Players Tyler Johnson and Josh Richardson and 2012 USA Olympic gold medalist swimmer Claire Donahue made the surprise visit.
HEAT Learn & Play Center Opening: Robert King High Park
The Miami HEAT celebrated the opening of its 16th Learn & Play Center at Robert King High Park. 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.
Raffaella Swail Surprise School Pep Rally
The HEAT experience went to Ruth K. Broad Bay Harbor K-8 Center to surprise 3rd grade student, Raffaella Swail, with a personalized HEAT jersey and a HEAT Team Autographed basketball.
HEAT Academy End of Year Recap
The Miami HEAT hosted an end-of-year celebration for 372 HEAT Academy students at AmericanAirlines Arena. Media was invited to the press portion of the event.
HEAT, Broward County Public Schools “Seeing Green”
For the third consecutive year, the Miami HEAT has challenged Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) to find innovative ways to reduce energy consumption at each campus. Through the greening initiative titled “How Low Can You Go?” the team is enticing the schools to raise environmental awareness of CO2 emissions and educate the facilities about potential financial savings through responsible energy consumption.
HEAT Announce 2016 Scholarship Recipients
On Thursday, April 7, 2016, The Miami HEAT announced the five recipients of the 2016 HEAT Scholarships presented by
BankUnited and the Miami HEAT Charitable Fund: the Alec Kessler Student-Athlete Scholarship, the Dr. Jack
Ramsay Scholarship and three HEAT Scholarships. In its 20th year, the HEAT Scholarships offer $25,000 in funds
to high school seniors attending school in Miami-Dade, Broward, Monroe or Palm Beach counties.
HEAT Kicks off 2016 “LEARN TO SWIM” Water Safety Campaign
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 player Tyler Johnson and HEAT Legend Glen Rice, along with the HEAT Dancers, will get into the pool with HEAT Academy students from Dunbar K-8 Center for a special swimming lesson under the direction and supervision of United States Coast Guard (USCG) water safety instructors.
The 19th Annual Miami HEAT Family Festival
The Miami HEAT Family Festival, which is the Miami HEAT Charitable Fund’s largest annual fundraiser, is a themed, interactive, carnival-like celebration during which HEAT players, coaches, celebrities and families come together for a day of fun, family and feasting.
Seventh Annual Miami HEAT Black History Month Challenge RECAP
The Miami HEAT announced today that students from Coral Reef Senior High School (Miami-Dade) and Hollywood Hills High School (Broward) participated in the Seventh Annual Miami HEAT Black History Month Challenge presented by PepsiCo, which was held at the AmericanAirlines Arena on Monday, February 29th.
Miramar Block Party Event Recap
South Florida Commuter Services/ Miramar Park of Commerce join the HEAT Experience and Alonzo Mourning for a Block Party.
HEAT to Host 7th Annual HEAT Beach Sweep
The Miami HEAT hosted its 7th Annual HEAT Beach Sweep at Crandon Park in Key Biscayne. In conjunction with NBA Green, this year’s efforts highlighted the HEAT’s commitment to generating awareness for the protection and sustainability of the environment throughout our community.
HEAT Holiday Hospital Visits
Miami HEAT players spread holiday cheer to children at two South Florida hospitals this year. The HEAT teamed up with presenting partner FedEx and supporting partner FOX Sports Sun to host the HEAT Holiday Hospital Visits at Baptist Children’s Hospital and Holtz Children’s Hospital at UM/Jackson Memorial Medical Center.
The Miami HEAT is in its eighth season of giving back to the community with the Re-HEAT Program, where unused food from all Miami HEAT home games is redistributed to local homeless assistance programs.
Larry Share & HEAT Academy Toy Giveaway
For the 10th consecutive year, founding HEAT Season Ticket Holder, Larry Share, donated toys to students at each of the three HEAT Academy schools.
HEAT 24th Annual Thanksgiving Celebration
The Miami HEAT hosted the 24th Annual HEAT Thanksgiving Celebration on Friday, November 20th at the Miami Rescue Mission (MRM). The entire HEAT team, along with HEAT coaches and HEAT staffers joined presenting sponsor Florida Blue as well as supporting sponsors Goya Foods, Pepsi and FOX Sports Sun, The A Group and ONE Sotheby’s International Realty to usher in the Thanksgiving holiday with the residents of the Greater Miami area.
HEAT to Host Youth Basketball Clinic Presented by Gatorade
The Miami HEAT hosted a HEAT Youth Basketball Clinic presented by Gatorade at the Miami Springs Community Center this past Monday, November 16th. HEAT Player, Tyler Johnson, joined HEAT Assistant Coach, Chris Quinn, in conducting the clinic.
HEAT Honor Veterans with Home Renovations
This past Veterans Day, the Miami HEAT renovated the homes of two local U.S. Veterans as part of the Miami HEAT Home Strong initiative. HEAT President Pat Riley, HEAT Legends Alonzo Mourning and Glen Rice and HEAT staffers worked alongside the U.S. servicemen and women from U.S. Armed Forces and volunteers from Rebuilding Together to repair and restore both homes, including painting, landscaping and flooring. The HEAT funded the renovations, which benefited U.S. Army Veteran, John Williams, and U.S. Navy Veteran, Horace Coley.
2015 Hispanic Heritage Celebration
The Miami HEAT hosted its 10th annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration in the heart of Little Havana at the oldest high school in the county, Miami Senior High School this past Saturday, October 24, 2015. Presented by PepsiCo and supported by Florida Blue and FOX Sports Sun, the celebration involved Miami HEAT players and talent interacting with over 300 children and 700 guests in a variety of activities including a basketball clinic, tug of war, kickball and volleyball.
HEAT Go Back To School
The Miami HEAT kicked off the 2015-16 school year in Broward County by welcoming back the students and teachers at Dillard Elementary School on Monday, August 24th. HEAT player Amar’e Stoudemire along with the HEAT Dancers, HEAT mascot, Burnie, and Uptown Dale hosted a pep rally at the school and distributed school supplies to select students by visiting their classrooms.
2015 Learn To Swim
The Miami HEAT teamed up with Florida Blue, Sun Sports/FOX Sports Florida & the American Red Cross to surprise summer camp participants during their swimming lessons at the North Pointe YMCA Family Center Pool.
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.