HEAT Academy: History


The first HEAT Academy site was established at Paul L. Dunbar Elementary in the historic Overtown district of Miami.


Our second HEAT Academy site was unveiled at Little River Elementary which resides in the Little Haiti area of Miami.


Our third HEAT Academy site to date opened its doors at Riverside Elementary & Community School in the Little Havana area of Miami. The grand opening was attended by then Commissioner of Education and current Governor of Florida, Charlie Crist.


Carnival Cruise Lines, in an event attended by Kendrick Meek, member of the United States House of Representatives, announces the kickoff of their Carnival Scholarships to benefit HEAT Academy students. The scholarship program provides fifteen (15) fully paid college scholarships annually to deserving HEAT Academy students upon graduation. The annual scholarship monies are donated by Carnival Cruise Lines with a match from the Florida Prepaid College Foundation.


The Miami HEAT is named the 2004-05 winner of the Florida Education Commissioner’s Business Recognition Award for HEAT Academy. Each year the Commissioner of Education recognizes worthy business partners for their commitment to improving the academic performance of Florida school students and for their outstanding public service. The Business Recognition Awards program verifies the interest and dedication of businesses that want to make a difference in education. Specifically, the program honors those organizations that work with their local school districts to increase high student achievement, promote greater government efficiency, and strive for a safe learning environment -- three goals of the Florida Department of Education.


Riverside Elementary becomes the first HEAT Academy site to achieve an “A” status on their FCAT School Grade. Riverside Elementary made gradual, but steady gains over the years since the inception of HEAT Academy – improving from a “D” in 2001 to a “C” in 2002 and then a “B” in 2005 before eventually achieving “A” status in 2006.


The Miami HEAT receives the John I. Smith Award for its HEAT Academy after school educational initiatives by the Miami-Dade Coalition for Community Education at the 2008 School House Awards ceremony. The John I. Smith Award, which was named after a founding coalition member, is given to the person or organization that exemplifies support of “community education through overwhelming generosity, outstanding resources, visionary educational solutions to social challenges and unwavering commitment to the welfare of students and families.” The School House Awards are held yearly to recognize educational and community advocates who demonstrate exemplary support of community education.


As part of the 2011 NBA Finals, the Miami HEAT unveiled a new Learn & Play Center at Paul Laurence Dunbar Elementary School on Wednesday, June 1, 2011, which provides students with a safe place to play and state-of-the-art technology to help them explore their educational interests. The Center was renovated as part of the NBA Cares Community Caravan.

HEAT players were on hand to help the boys and girls cut the ribbon on their transformed space, which showcased a reading area stocked with new books, a play space featuring gaming equipment, and a technology area outfitted with brand-new PCs and printers. The Center also features new flooring, tables, cabinets, desks, chairs, and bookcases.


The Miami HEAT hosted its ninth annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at Riverside Elementary School in Little Havana on October 13, 2014. Presented by Pepsi and supported by Florida Blue and FOX’s Sun Sports, the celebration got HEAT fans at Riverside Elementary fired up for the 2014-15 season with the raising of the first HEAT Nation flag. Riverside Elementary, a predominantly Hispanic school, is one of three HEAT Academy school sites and also commemorated its 100-year anniversary as part of the event. Members of the 2014-15 HEAT team interacted with over 800 students in a series of fun activities, including basketball drills, kickball, boxball and field day games. In addition to raising the inaugural HEAT National flag, the players joined the students in painting a unique HEAT Nation mural.

Winslow YMCA PSA

Justise Winslow encourages the community to get in the game with the YMCA Youth Sports.
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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

HEAT Hospital Visit at Baptist Children's Hospital

Several HEAT players visited Baptist Children's Hospital during the holiday season to surprise Cory Binelo on December 19th, 2016
Jan 1, 2017  |  01:31

UD Toy Giveaway

Udonis Haslem treats nearly 100 of Miami's youth to a Christmas shopping spree
Dec 27, 2016  |  01:21

TISSOT Gift of Time - Hero, Javier Perez

The Miami HEAT and Tissot surprised principal Javier Perez with mini pep rally
Dec 22, 2016  |  03:24

HEAT Holiday Hospital Visit

Miami HEAT take time to spread holiday cheer and deliver gifts to people at Jackson Memorial Hospital and Baptist Children's Hospital
Dec 20, 2016  |  01:34

Justise's D.R.E.A.M. Showcase

Justise Winslow puts together a platform for kids to show their talent
Dec 20, 2016  |  01:33

Larry Share's Generous Donation

HEAT Season Ticket member Larry Share generously gave toys to to children for the holidays
Dec 18, 2016  |  01:28

Home Strong: Gonzales Family

Watch the story of US Air Force MSGT. Martin Gonzales, whose name Josh McRoberts will wear on his Home Strong jersey
Dec 14, 2016  |  01:09

Re-HEAT: HEAT Delivers Food To Chapman Partnership

HEAT redistribute unserved food from all home games to local homeless assistance programs
Dec 14, 2016  |  01:32

Hoophall Luncheon and Clinic

Recap of the Legends Luncheon and Hoophall clinic
Dec 12, 2016  |  01:22

Loud and Proud

The Miami HEAT hosted an event to dance, have fun and celebrate life and diversity
Oct 30, 2016  |  04:13

2016 Hispanic Heritage Celebration

The 11th year of the Hispanic Heritage Celebration presented by Fox Sports Sun, Florida Blue and Mountain Dew
Oct 28, 2016  |  01:32

Red White & Pink Game Recap

The HEAT held the "Red, White & Pink" Game presented by Miami Cancer Institute at Baptist Health South Florida Monday night at the AmericanAirlines Arena, an intra-team scrimmage which benefited cancer research and also honored local survivors
Oct 11, 2016  |  01:40

Udonis Haslem Back to School Kickback

Udonis Haslem visits New Mount Olive Baptist Church in Ft. Lauderdale to help hand out Back-to-School supplies
Aug 26, 2016  |  01:38

Back to School 2016 Video Recap

Rodney McGruder, Stefan Janković, Brianté Weber, Okaro White and the HEAT host a pep rally at Shadowlawn Elementary and distribute school supplies courtesy of Florida Prepaid College Board
Aug 25, 2016  |  01:15

Tyler Johnson at HEAT Camp

See a recap of Week 8 of HEAT Camp when Tyler Johnson visited
Aug 19, 2016  |  00:56

Brianté Weber at HEAT Camp

See a recap of Week 7 of HEAT Camp when Brianté Weber visited
Aug 11, 2016  |  01:42

HEAT Learn To Swim Event at Bucky Dent Park

Josh Richardson and Tyler Johnson surprise young swimmers at the HEAT Learn To Swim Event at Bucky Dent Park
Aug 4, 2016  |  02:21