Johnson and Richardson surprise young swimmers at Bucky Dent Water Park

The Miami HEAT teamed up with Florida Blue, FOX Sports Sun and the American Red Cross and surprised some young swimmers during their swimming lessons this past Monday, July 25th at the Bucky Dent Water Park. As part of the HEAT Learn to Swim community water safety campaign, HEAT Players Tyler Johnson and Josh Richardson and 2012 USA Olympic gold medalist swimmer Claire Donahue made the surprise visit. They were joined by HEAT P.A. Announcer Michael Baiamonte and Florida Blue Senior Director of Business Development Doug Bartel.

Special guests and local heroes Angel Rivera, 11, of Pompano Beach, and Christine Regina, 7, and Rebecca Valbrun, 15, of Margate—who recently helped save the lives of two other children after witnessing them struggle underwater at their local swimming pools—were also attendance at the event.

In its 15th year of existence, the Miami HEAT Learn to Swim program highlights the importance of water safety to parents and children throughout the region. Drowning is a leading cause of death for children under the age of four in the state of Florida. From 2012 to 2014, Broward County ranked first in the state of Florida in unintentional drowning deaths (120), while Miami-Dade County ranked second (103). With an abundance of bodies of water and residential swimming pools in South Florida, the goal of the Learn to Swim program is to prevent these tragedies.

The HEAT have created a printable coupon good for $10 off swimming lessons that is available for download on and can be redeemed at select authorized providers of American Red Cross aquatic programs. For a detailed list of authorized American Red Cross aquatic programs, or to learn more about the HEAT Learn to Swim campaign, visit