Miami HEAT: Community
Video Recap: Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration
Hispanic Heritage Celebration at Riverside Elementary
The Miami HEAT hosted its ninth annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at Riverside Elementary School in Little Havana on October 13th. Presented by Pepsi and supported by Florida Blue and FOX’s Sun Sports, the celebration got HEAT fans at Riverside Elementary fired up for the 2014-15 season with the raising of the first HEAT Nation flag. Riverside Elementary, a predominantly Hispanic school, is one of three HEAT Academy school sites and also commemorated its 100-year anniversary as part of the event. Read the full event recap.
HEAT Back to School
The Miami HEAT kicked off the 2014-15 school year in Miami-Dade County by welcoming back the students and teachers at Twin Lakes Elementary in Hialeah. HEAT players Shabazz Napier and Tyler Johnson along with HEAT staffers distributed school supplies and other gifts to the students entering the school. Miami-Dade Public Schools Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho, and Miami-Dade County School Board Chair, Perla Tabares Hantman also attended the event. HEAT mascot Burnie and the Xtreme Team provided entertainment and the 2013 Larry O’Brien Championship trophy was on display. Read the full recap.
HEAT Academy End of Year Celebration
The Miami HEAT hosted an end-of-year celebration for 300 HEAT Academy students at the AmericanAirlines Arena on May 13th, 2014. During the afternoon, it was a carnival-style event with food, fun, and excitement. During the festivities, Carnival Corporation & plc presented a check in the amount of $250,000 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 2021, the fifth-grade class' expected graduating year. This marks the 12th consecutive year that Carnival has funded the scholarships, and during this time the company has purchased 180 scholarships with a total value of more than $2.1 million. Read the full recap.