Miami HEAT Home Strong Renovate Homes for Local Veterans
MIAMI - As part of our on-going commitment to support U.S. servicemen and servicewomen at home and abroad through our Home Strong Initiative, and in conjunction with the NBA Hoops for Troops program, on Veterans Day members of the HEAT staff including HEAT President Pat Riley and HEAT legends Alonzo Mourning and Glen Rice once again worked alongside members of the U.S. Armed Forces and Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade to help renovate the homes of two local veterans in Miami-Dade County. This year, the HEAT aided Rickey Grant, a former First Class Airmen of the U.S. Airforce, as well as, Tymothi Coffee, a U.S. Navy veteran. The HEAT proudly funded the renovations for both homes that encompassed the installation of a new roof, flooring, toilets, light fixtures, interior/exterior painting, landscaping and new appliance installations.
Rickey Grant and his wife, Iris, have lived in the Brownsville neighborhood of Miami-Dade since birth. The only time Mr. Grant has moved away from home was to serve in the U.S. Air Force as a First Class Airmen in 1969 until 1971, during the Vietnam War. During the war, Mr. Grant was also stationed at the Seymour Airforce Base in Goldsboro, North Carolina where he worked with the wounded. He served an additional three-month tour where he operated on the F-14's and B-52's so they were ready for combat. When he returned to Brownsville, he found work with the Miami Dade County Department of Traffic; he continued this position for 38 years before retiring in 2012. He now spends his time serving his church and giving back to veterans at Make A Wish Veterans, Inc.
Tymothi Coffee is a U.S. Navy veteran and currently lives in his Opa-Locka home supporting his parents, Joe and Julia. Tymothi served in the U.S. Navy Reserves as a guard for six years and was involved in Operation Noble Eagle and Enduring Freedom during which time he earned the National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. Of the six years he was in the Naval Reserves, he was on active duty during two of them. He spent 15 months stationed at Guantanamo Bay and nine months stationed in San Diego, CA.
Riley, Rice and Mourning arrived simultaneously at the Grant home before moving on to the Coffee home later that afternoon.
In observance of Veterans Day 2016, the Miami HEAT will further demonstrate its respect for and admiration of the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces by expanding Home Strong, its long-standing military initiative. During the 2016-17 Home Strong campaign, the Miami HEAT will once again wear their Home Strong uniforms, but, this season, the HEAT will honor service members from South Florida by wearing a patch with the name of a different fallen hero on their on-court uniform. Each HEAT player and coach will be paired with a different South Florida Gold Star Service Member and their Family to pay homage to the life of their fallen loved one. The HEAT formally debuted this new edition of their Home Strong uniform on Monday, November 7th vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder. The HEAT will also wear the Home Strong uniform on November 10th vs. the Chicago Bulls, November 12th vs. the Utah Jazz, November 14th at the San Antonio Spurs and November 15th vs. the Atlanta Hawks. The Home Strong uniform is a visual extension of the team’s ongoing charitable work with military families and features olive drab and tan fabrics, traditional military insignia elements and patriotic symbols.
Rebuilding Together is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization working to preserve affordable housing through home renovations for low-income homeowners.