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Third Annual Miami HEAT Black History Month Challenge Recap

Feb 9 2012 3:23PM

Presented by Pepsi -Students From Dr. Michael Krop Sr. High and Deerfield Beach High Tested Their Knowledge In A Game Show-Style Competition For A Chance To Win A $4,000 Grant from the HEAT

MIAMI – On the same court that the Miami HEAT play on, a determined team made a glorious comeback. No, the HEAT did not play February 6th, however the students from Dr. Michael Krop Sr. High (Miami-Dade) and Deerfield Beach High (Broward) participated in the Miami HEAT 3rd Annual Black History Month Challenge presented by Pepsi. 

The Miami HEAT Black History Month Challenge is a brain bowl game-show competition where a team of students from each of the schools test their knowledge of Black history against one another for a chance to win the $4,000 grant grand prize as well as tickets to a HEAT game. 

There were two rounds and for each question the team had 10 seconds to answer. Categories ranged from sound clips of popular TV theme songs such as “A Different World” to historical questions about the Greensboro Four.

“The HEAT Black History Month Challenge allows students to develop research, teamwork and oral speaking skills while also giving them the opportunity to highlight their knowledge in a fun and competitive way,” said Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert W. Runcie.

Each school had a current HEAT player as an honorary captain.  HEAT starting point guard Mario Chalmers and forward Juwan Howard participated in the competition and served as captains for their respective team. The event’s master of ceremonies was HEAT/Sun Sports Courtside Reporter Jason Jackson.

"These kids, of course, are very intelligent, smart kids,” Howard said. “Obviously they have shown that they are doing a lot of their homework and study, but you have to give credit to their teachers for enforcing that knowledge of black history."

The emphasis was that of preparation, something the participants were no strangers to. They had been preparing for weeks since they both learned they would be participating.

The students from Dr. Michael Krop High School stormed to a first round lead over 200 points.  With victory almost out of sight, Deerfield Beach High was resilient and determined to make a comeback. Winning 350 points out of the 750 possible in the second round, Deerfield Beach ended up taking the competition 450 to 440.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent of Schools Alberto M. Carvalho stated, “By participating in the Miami HEAT’s Black History Month Challenge, our students are learning valuable lessons about outstanding African-Americans who have helped shape this great nation.”

Both teams brought six participants and around 150 students to cheer on their classmates. Even Burnie the mascot attended the event, cheering on and supporting students during the entire game.

Deerfield walked away with the $4,000 grand prize grant to bolster their student programs in anyway that they see fit. Krop did not leave empty-handed, receiving $500. Deerfield Beach High also received tickets to the Feb. 23 game between the HEAT and the New York Knicks.

Even though both teams flexed their knowledge in a tough competition, no team truly lost as students from both schools had a wonderful experience. At the end of the day, the knowledge of black history championed throughout the AmericanAirlines Arena.

The event was part of the HEAT’s ongoing celebration of Black History Month, which is sponsored by Pepsi. Throughout the month of February, the HEAT is 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 have been featured during HEAT broadcasts, online at, as well as in-arena and in print in TIPOFF magazine” during HEAT home games.

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