HEAT Community Affairs: Foundation
Established in 1997, the Miami HEAT Charitable Fund supports programs for the betterment of at-risk families in South Florida. Beneficiaries include SafeSpace, a domestic violence shelter for women and children, the Jackson Memorial Foundations Guardian Angels and Holtz Childrens Hospital, and the Miami Coalition for a Safe and Drug-Free Community.
The Miami HEAT Charitable Fund also provides educational scholarships for high school seniors and partners with inner-city elementary schools to fund the HEAT Academy, which provides after-school tutoring and mentoring programs. Through these initiatives, the Miami HEAT Charitable Fund continues to inspire the youth of South Florida to envision their dreams and achieve their goals.
Established in 2006, Home Strong is an ongoing program that salutes and honors the courageous men and women in uniform for their dedication to the United States Armed Forces. Pat Riley and the Miami HEAT created this initiative as a means of demonstrating support and paying tribute to our soldiers and veterans. The program is currently working and planning to further assist with the unmet needs of military personnel and their families who have returned back from Iraq and Afghanistan and reside in the South Florida area.
The Miami HEAT Family Festival is a themed, interactive, carnival-like celebration in which HEAT players, coaches, celebrities and 250 families come together for a day of family and fun in an effort to raise vital dollars for local charities. In addition to the fanfare at the event, top restaurants from South Florida create a memorable dining Food Court extravaganza. In addition to this, the Foundation has served as host to the Celebrity / Team Dinner & Concert.
The Annual HEAT Scramble Golf Classic has offered golfers an opportunity to tackle some of the most prominent golf courses around town, such as Don Shulas in Miami Lakes, the Blue Monster at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa and most recently, the Miccosukee Golf & Country Club. All net proceeds benefit the Miami HEAT Charitable Fund. This seasons event will feature appearances by current HEAT players and plans to be the largest golf event ever hosted by the Fund.
The spirit of giving continues year round for the Miami HEAT through the Annual Toy / Food Drive. Historically, the HEAT and its fans have brought in canned food and toys for Food Drives to benefit Curleys House of Style, a food pantry in Liberty City that serves over 1,000 people each day. The toys are distributed to the HEATs local beneficiaries to support at-risk youth.
The Miami HEAT Family Charity Group, established in conjunction with the Miami HEAT Charitable Fund, consists of members including wives of active HEAT coaches, players, select senior executive management as well as player mothers and family. The group works closely together with the Miami HEAT Charitable Fund to assist the South Florida community through activities including the organization of various fundraising efforts, the Annual SafeSpace Holiday Outreach initiative, the Domestic Violence Prevention Walk and other numerous hours of volunteer contributions.