HEAT Community Affairs: Education

HEAT ACADEMY

HEAT Academy

Through its flagship community affairs initiative, HEAT Academy, the Miami HEAT has embraced the importance of providing children in South Florida with the opportunity to have a quality after-school program with an academic purpose at its core. The HEAT Academy is fully funded by the Miami HEAT and its corporate partners, Carnival Foundation, Florida Blue, and Florida Prepaid College Board. The funding for the program accounts for teacher wages, materials & supplies, daily snacks and any special activities planned throughout the course of the year. The HEAT Academy's primary goal is to provide economically disadvantaged students who are most at risk of academic failure or juvenile delinquency with a program of after-school tutoring and academic enrichment. The program is dedicated to strengthening the students' reading, writing, math and science skills so that they are able to increase their potential for success on the Florida Standards Assessment Test (FSA) exam and compete on a national level.

Through a collaborative partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools and the HEAT Group corporate partners, the Miami HEAT has teamed up to facilitate HEAT Academy at three local inner city schools:

  • Paul Laurence Dunbar K-8 Center (Overtown)
  • Jesse J. McCrary, Jr. Elementary (Little Haiti)
  • Riverside Elementary (Little Havana)

At HEAT Academy students practice reading, writing, math and science, receive assistance with homework, have a safe place to learn after school when their parents are usually not available, and most importantly, learn from positive role models who inspire our students to excel.

The HEAT Academy operates the majority of the school year-round every day of the week, Monday through Friday from 3:30 pm to 5:30 p.m. The HEAT Academy provides educational support to a total of 372 students across the three Elementary schools from the 3rd to the 5th Grade. Although the program is free for students enrolled, students are required to meet certain attendance goals and abide by a strict code of conduct if they are to remain eligible.

HEAT SCHOLARSHIPS

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The Miami HEAT and BankUnited are offering $25,000.00 in scholarship funds to high school seniors attending Miami-Dade, Broward, Monroe or Palm Beach schools. Scholarship applications are available each school year and recipients are awarded between April and May. This year's application deadline is January 27, 2018. This will be the twenty-second year that the Miami HEAT has offered scholarships. Scholarships are awarded based on academic performance and outstanding community service. Scholarships include the following:

  • Three (3) $5,000.00 HEAT Scholarships
  • One (1) $5,000.00 Dr. Jack Ramsay Scholarship
  • One (1) $5,000.00 Alec Kessler Student-Athlete Scholarship

Click Here for Scholarship Application

HEAT FUN-RAISER

The Miami HEAT realizes that fundraising is necessary for schools to keep programs properly funded. To help your school, we have created an opportunity for faculty, students and their families to enjoy the experience of a Miami HEAT game - LIVE, while simultaneously helping the school to meet its goals. In a fun and exciting alternative to a raffle or chocolate sell-off, etc., schools have the opportunity to receive money for every Miami HEAT ticket the school is able to sell through the Miami HEAT FUN-raiser program. For additional information on this program, please call 786-777-DUNK.
Program Duration: School Year

HEAT LEARN AND PLAY CENTER

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The Miami HEAT along with Florida Blue, have teamed up to create Learn and Play Centers throughout South Florida. As part of this incredible transformation, the HEAT renovates an existing room into a HEAT-themed area with fresh paint and then supplies it with new computers, furniture, books, audio/video equipment and games for children to enjoy & learn from. The concept behind the Miami HEAT Learn and Play Centers are to provide a safe place where children can spend time reading a book, working on their homework, or just having a good time playing video or board games. To date, the HEAT has established Learn and Play Centers at seventeen sites:

  • Each of our three HEAT Academy schools - Paul Laurence Dunbar K-8 Center, Jesse J. McCrary Jr. Elementary, and Riverside Elementary
  • Community Partnership for Homeless, a Miami based homeless shelter which helps men, women and children transition off the streets of Miami-Dade County and on their way to attaining greater stability and self-sufficiency in their lives, and
  • Bucky Dent Gymnasium in Hialeah.
  • His House Children's Home, a shelter and child-placing facility dedicated to restoring the lives of children and families
  • Miami Rescue Mission
  • Grapeland Park in Miami
  • Shake-A-Leg Miami
  • Miami Springs Community Center
  • Chapman Partnership
  • Joe Celestin Center in North Miami
  • Branches
  • Little Haiti Cultural Complex
  • The Learning Experience School
  • Robert King High Park
  • Moore Park

To be considered for a Miami HEAT Learn and Play Center, all requests MUST meet the following criteria:

  • Submitted on Organization Letterhead
  • Thorough description of the organization and its mission
  • Thorough description of why your site should be considered for renovation
  • Location of the site.

Please mail to:
Miami HEAT
Community Affairs Department / Learn and Play Center
601 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33132

HEAT BLACK HISTORY MONTH CHALLENGE

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The Black History Month Challenge, presented by PepsiCo, is a game show-style competition held at the AmericanAirlines Arena during the month of February where two teams of students from two local schools test their knowledge of Black history for a chance to win a HEAT prize pack, which includes HEAT tickets and a $4,000 grant to the winning school. This will be the ninth year of the event hosted by HEAT/FOX Sports Sun sideline reporter Jason Jackson and also incorporating two HEAT players or legends as captains on each of the opposing teams.

HEAT BACK TO SCHOOL

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HEAT Back to School presented by Alert Today Alive Tomorrow, a program of the Florida Department of Transportation, welcomes back to school the students and teachers of a local elementary school by distributing an assortment of school supplies while the sights and sounds of the HEAT Experience help alleviate any first day jitters those students might be feeling.

2017-18 HEAT Holiday Hospital Visits

The Miami HEAT players, Burnie the mascot, and the HEAT Dancers spread holiday joy to children at two South Florida hospitals with the help of presenting sponsor FedEx and supporting sponsor FOX Sports Sun
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2017-18 HEAT Holiday Hospital Visits

The Miami HEAT players, Burnie the mascot, and the HEAT Dancers spread holiday joy to children at two South Florida hospitals with the help of presenting sponsor FedEx and supporting sponsor FOX Sports Sun
Dec 6, 2017  |  01:58

HEAT Learn to Swim Video Recap

Wayne Ellington surprises young swimmers at A.D. Barnes Park Pool as part of the Miami HEAT Learn to Swim program
Jul 20, 2017  |  01:04

Winslow YMCA PSA

Justise Winslow encourages the community to get in the game with the YMCA Youth Sports.
Jan 11, 2017  |  00:52

Alonzo & Tracy Mourning Thanksgiving Surprise

Alonzo and Tracy Mourning help unburden folks in Overtown by surprising them with Thanksgiving meals
Nov 26, 2016  |  01:45

2016 Thanksgiving Celebration Recap

25th Annual Thanksgiving celebration recap
Nov 17, 2016  |  01:36

19th Annual Miami HEAT Family Festival Recap

The HEAT host host the 19th Annual Miami HEAT Family Festival, presented by Carnival Cruise Lines, an interactive celebration benefitting local South Florida charities and the Miami HEAT Charitable Fund.
Mar 25, 2016  |  01:42

7th Annual HEAT Beach Sweep Recap

The Miami HEAT host its 7th Annual HEAT Beach Sweep at Crandon Park in Key Biscayne
Feb 22, 2016  |  01:32

Bosh and Riley visit Fisher House

Chris Bosh and Pat Riley celebrate the holidays with families at Fisher House Miami
Jan 8, 2016  |  01:35

Player Holiday Events

The Miami HEAT host holiday events.
Dec 25, 2015  |  01:38

Holiday PSA

Miami HEAT Players and coaching staff give back to the community during the Holiday season
Dec 23, 2015  |  01:01

Zo's 33 Thanksgivings

Alonzo Mourning distributes over 400 meals at the Overtown Youth Center
Nov 30, 2015  |  01:53

HEAT Thanksgiving Celebration Recap

HEAT host 24th Annual Thanksgiving Celebration
Nov 23, 2015  |  01:51

HEAT Go “Back to School” at Dillard Elementary

Amar’e Stoudemire and the HEAT kicked off the 2015-16 school year by distributing school supplies to students at Dillard Elementary
Aug 24, 2015  |  00:19

Heat Academy End of Year Celebration

HEAT Academy host End-of-Year celebration
May 21, 2015  |  01:36

Chris Bosh Holiday Giveaway

Chris Bosh provides free shopping for 150 children
Dec 22, 2012  |  01:40

Winslow Gives Back To Families Impacted By Hurricane Harvey

In his hometown of Houston, Justise Winslow meets two families who received new cars from his $50K contribution to Small Steps Nurturing in support of Hurricane Harvey relief efforts
Jan 21, 2018  |  00:54

McGruder Invites Children Battling Cancer To HEAT Game

Rodney McGruder invites children with cancer to a HEAT game during the holiday season
Dec 27, 2017  |  00:35

Hassan Whiteside Hosts Toy Drive

Hassan Whiteside and The Whiteside Foundation host a Toy Drive for children across Miami–Dade County at Ninja Lounge
Dec 24, 2017  |  00:59

Udonis Haslem Hosts Christmas Honor Roll Event

Udonis Haslem hosts his 7th Annual Christmas Honor Roll Event at a Toys R Us in Miami
Dec 24, 2017  |  00:57

Olynyk Visits Riverside Elementary School

Kelly Olynyk visits Riverside Elementary School to spread holiday cheer
Dec 23, 2017  |  00:58

Winslow Hosts D.R.E.A.M. Holiday Showcase

Justise Winslow hosts his second annual D.R.E.A.M. Talent Showcase to provide a safe & creative platform for local students to perform, develop and discover their talents in the performing arts.
Dec 23, 2017  |  01:02

Josh Richardson Hosts Holiday Shopping Spree

Josh Richardson treats a group of children, who have each lost a loved one while serving our country, to a shopping spree at DICK’S Sporting Goods.
Dec 23, 2017  |  00:45

26th Annual Thanksgiving Celebration

The Miami HEAT hosts the 26th Annual HEAT Thanksgiving Celebration on Tuesday, Nov. 21 at the Miami Rescue Mission (MRM)
Nov 23, 2017  |  01:31

HEAT Week: Papa John's Takeover Recap (10/17/17)

To honor of all their sacrifices after Hurricane Irma, the Miami HEAT Dancers, Burnie and the Xtreme Team delivers Papa John’s Pizza to a local fire and police station.
Oct 19, 2017  |  00:47

HEAT Week: Tamiami Youth Basketball League All-Star Game Recap (10/14/17)

As part of our Jr. HEAT NBA initiative, the HEAT Experience took over the Tamiami Youth Basketball League All-Star Game Saturday afternoon. The Miami HEAT Dancers, Burnie and Xtreme Team hosted a pep rally at the game including HEAT giveaways, prizes and more.
Oct 16, 2017  |  00:58

12th Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration

The Miami HEAT hosted its 12th Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at Doral Legacy Park presented by Mountain Dew and supported by Florida Blue, FOX Sports Sun and Verizon
Oct 4, 2017  |  00:48

Miami HEAT 2017 Back-To-School

Miami HEAT 2017 Back to School presented by Alert Today Alive Tomorrow, a program of the Florida Department of Transportation along with HEAT rookies Bam Adebayo, Matt Williams Jr. and Derrick Walton Jr. helped welcome back teachers and students Monday morning at Jesse J. McCrary Jr. Elementary School.
Aug 22, 2017  |  01:38

Kelly Olynyk Visits HEAT Camp

Take a look back at Kelly Olynyk's visit to HEAT Camp on Wednesday
Aug 10, 2017  |  01:28

The Miami HEAT and the Kiwanis Club Scholarship

The Kiwanis Club of Little Havana Foundation received $10,000 towards a student scholarship fund from the Miami HEAT.
Jul 28, 2017  |  01:24

Justise Winslow at HEAT Camp

Winslow discusses rehab.
Jul 27, 2017  |  04:45