RSS Print Live! Wire

HEAT Community Archive 2003-2004

Oct 10 2003 11:02AM
MIAMI, June 15 - As part of its annual scholarship program, the Miami HEAT has awarded $10,000 in scholarships to four graduating seniors for use toward their college education. Melanie English, graduate of McArthur High School; Kate Justus, graduate of Homestead Senior High School; Christa McKenzie, graduate of Nova High School; and Annery Pulgar, graduate of Hialeah High School each won $2,500 in scholarships after being selected from a talented pool of more than 200 hopeful applicants.
MIAMI, June 4 - Last Friday morning was quite the happy ending to a stressful week of final exams for Hialeah High School senior Annery Pulgar. Not only did she learn that she was a recipient of one of four annual HEAT Scholarships, but she was delivered the news straight from HEAT star Caron Butler himself, who, joined by Burnie the HEAT mascot and school faculty, was waiting for her in the school’s front office to surprise her with a $2,500 check presentation.
MIAMI, June 2 - HEAT forward Lamar Odom is the recipient of the NBA Community Assist Award for the month of May. With a new city and a fresh start, Odom had a breakout 2003-04 season for the HEAT, leading them to an unlikely fourth seed in the playoffs and the Eastern Conference Semi-finals. Not only has Odom had tremendous success on the court, but he has also had a tremendous impact in the Miami community this season.

Denis Bancroft
The HEAT Group is proud to announce that on Tuesday the team was presented with the 2003-04 Dade Partners Exemplary Award, acknowledging the organization’s tireless and effective work with the HEAT’s flagship community initiative, HEAT Academy, which is a free after-school instructional program designed to provide assistance to students who need extra classroom support.
Continuing with their efforts to put education first, the Miami HEAT, with the support of the NBA, Home Depot and Dell, Inc., has taken their successful and effective Read To Achieve and HEAT Academy programs to a new level, as they unveil the grand opening of their first-ever Reading & Learning Center on Thursday, Jan. 29 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Paul Laurence Dunbar Elementary, 505 N.W. 20th St., Miami. Pizza Hut will be providing food for all guests.
HEAT players and Head Coach Stan Van Gundy kicked off a special holiday season for residents in Overtown on Monday, as the group personally delivered Thanksgiving turkeys and the traditional holiday trimmings to Overtown residents as part of the HEAT’s annual Thanksgiving In Overtown Celebration.
Rasual Butler and Dwyane Wade
Photo: Alex Tamargo
Saks Fifth Avenue hosted a “Sharp Dressed Men” recognition event on November 22, in conjunction with the NBA, the Miami HEAT, and other sponsors. Saks contributed a total of 10% of sales to the beneficiary of the night, Reading is Fundamental.
Avid HEAT Fans Carlos Farha and Matt Garver didn’t realize that when they simply dialed 786-777-FANS they would enjoy an out-of-this-world lunch break to remember – courtesy of the Miami HEAT. Breaking up the daily grind, HEAT players Eddie Jones and Bimbo Coles, accompanied by the HEAT Dancers and Burnie the HEAT mascot, stunned the two co-workers as the HEAT crew entered their Miami office to personally deliver lunch for them and the whole staff.
Round-Two of the Miami HEAT’s version of streetball, titled “Street HEAT” drew rave reviews on Friday at the basketball courts of Jose Marti Park in Miami. HEAT players Lamar Odom and Rafer Alston thrilled the crowd with an array of free-styling and open court basketball skills.
He may always love the Gator chomp and sport orange and blue, but recently signed HEAT forward Udonis Haslem – Miami native and University of Florida standout – attended a recent Gator Club of Miami “Gator Gathering” in Coral Gables as a guest, this time representing the hometown Miami HEAT as one of the newest additions to the roster.
Back to school jitters were put to rest and turned to excitement as HEAT forwards Caron Butler and Sean Lampley arrived bright and early to Coral Terrace Elementary School in Miami to serve as crossing guards for the young students, distribute HEAT pocket folders, shoot hoops with the kids and sign autographs.
Right in his own stomping grounds, recently signed HEAT forward Udonis Haslem, Miami native and University of Florida standout, stepped away from the practice court and weight room to talk to kids at Marva Bannerman pool in Miami about the importance of learning to swim.
Former HEAT Assistant Coach and current HEAT Summer Programs Liaison Tony Fiorentino visited Pembroke Falls Aquatic Center in Pembroke Pines on July 8 and Milander Pool in Hialeah on July 17 to motivate and encourage hundreds of kids who are learning to swim this summer.
Picking up a microphone and a basketball, Miami HEAT forward Malik Allen spent Thursday morning encouraging nearly 200 kids at the Homestead Family YMCA to get active and pursue their goals.
Nearly 500 South Florida boys and girls had a blast while learning the X’s and O’s of basketball at HEAT Camp this summer.
The Miami HEAT has awarded $10,000 in scholarships to four graduating high school seniors for use toward their college education. Jacqueline Reyes, graduate of Felix Varela Sr. High; Alteasha L. Ervin, graduate of Miami Carol City Sr. High; Odalys Santos, graduate of Miami Springs Senior High; and Joshua T. Rey, graduate of South Miami Senior High, each won $2500 in scholarships after being selected from a pool of over 400 talented applicants as part of the HEAT’s annual scholarship program.
Miami HEAT standout forward Caron Butler and Miami-Dade County Mayor Alex Penelas joined the American Red Cross of Greater Miami & The Keys on June 13 in launching “Swim for Life,” a water safety initiative that will educate parents and children about drowning prevention and how to respond to emergencies in, on and around the water.
An ardent supporter of the Jackson Memorial Foundation’s Guardian Angels, the Miami HEAT proudly presented a $200,000 check to help pay for the remodeling of the Holtz Children’s Center Pediatric Referral Unit (fifth floor) and the Pediatric Transplant Surgical Unit (sixth floor), creating a brighter and friendlier environment for seriously ill young patients.
On Thursday, May 29, HEAT stars Eddie Jones and Vladimir Stepania joined more than 300 HEAT Academy students to celebrate the announcement of this educational milestone for the HEAT Academy program, supported primarily by Carnival Cruise Lines.
Turning in his gym shorts for a bathing suit and goggles, last week HEAT center Vladimir Stepania joined more than 700 kids at the Fort Lauderdale Swimming Hall of Fame to help stress the importance of water safety as part of the HEAT’s “Learn To Swim” campaign. Stepania, a former top-ranked junior swimmer as a youth in his native Republic of Georgia, participated in live water demonstrations, dramatic water rescues and life-saving skills in an effort to show the importance of preventing water accidents.