Black History Month Challenge - Feb 2014

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On Monday, February 24th 2014, the Miami HEAT hosted students from Booker T. Washington Senior High School (Miami-Dade County) and McArthur High School (Broward County) participated in the 5TH Annual Miami HEAT Black History Month Challenge presented by Pepsi.

The Miami HEAT Black History Challenge is a game show-style competition where a team of students from each of the schools tested their knowledge of African-American history, with McArthur High School walking away with a $4,000 grant and tickets to an upcoming HEAT game.

“The Miami HEAT Black History Month Challenge is a valuable and exciting opportunity for our students to celebrate and honor the contributions of African Americans who have made a remarkable imprint in the fabric of American culture and our nation” said Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert W. Runci. “Our students are learning valuable lessons about the people and events that shaped the great nation we are today.”

Two HEAT legends, Vice President of Player Programs Alonzo Mourning and Director of College and Pro Scouting Keith Askins participated in the competition and served as captains for their respective team. The event was hosted by HEAT Television Host and Courtside Reporter Jason Jackson. Pepsi’s Food Service Representative for Recreation and Retail Business Development Greg Johnson was also in attendance.

“Miami-Dade County Public Schools is a strong supporter of cultural diversity in our schools and community said Superintendent of Schools Alberto M. Carvalho. “We are proud to support the Miami HEAT in their efforts to celebrate the many educational, cultural, social, and economic contributions of African- Americans to our nation.”

This event was part of the HEAT’s ongoing celebration of Black History Month, which was also sponsored by Pepsi. Throughout the month of February, the HEAT were recognizing notable achievements of various African-Americans who have helped change the course of history with their contributions in sports, literature, the arts, the community, education, music and the military. Their accomplishments were featured during HEAT Broadcasts, online at, as well as in-arena and in print in TIPOFFmagazine during the HEAT home games.