HEAT and Rent-A-Center Team Up for Recreation Room Remodeling Program

MIAMI, January 31 – Miami HEAT players Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem, Community Affairs Liaison Wali Jones, along with the HEAT Dancers and HEAT mascot Burnie, will help unveil a new “HEAT RAC Room” at the Kendall Boys and Girls Club in Miami on January 31, 2006 from 3:30-4:30PM. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 3:30PM, where Wade and Haslem will present their framed, autographed jerseys that will be on display in the room. The children will then have the opportunity to interact with the HEAT players while enjoying the amenities of the HEAT–themed remodeled room following the ceremony.

“I’m happy to be a part of this program,” said Wade. “It’s great that the HEAT and Rent-A-Center can come together to give kids a place where they can spend their free time in a positive way.”

The HEAT RAC Room at the Kendall Boys & Girls Club will be used daily by more than 200 children, before and after school, giving them a fun and safe place to gather. The refurbishment will include HEAT memorabilia such as jerseys, basketballs, banners and artwork. In addition, new sofas, a big-screen television, stereo, video game consoles, computers and much more have been furnished by Rent-A-Center.

Also participating in the January 31 ceremony will be HEAT and Rent-A-Center business staff and Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade County representatives along with a number of youths from the Boys & Girls Club.

The grand opening of the HEAT RAC Room at the Kendall Boys & Girls Club will be the first of three newly remodeled rooms at Miami-Dade Boys & Girls Clubs as part of the HEAT RAC program. The Hank Kline and Northwest Boys & Girls Clubs are the other two locations that are part of the program. These three HEAT RAC rooms are the latest effort from the HEAT as part of the NBA Cares community outreach initiative.

The Kendall Boys & Girls Club is located at 9475 N Kendall Drive, Miami, FL 33176.

“Rent-A-Center is pleased to be tipping off our RAC Room sponsorship for three area Boys & Girls Clubs with the Miami HEAT,” said Mark Speese, Chairman and CEO of Rent-A-Center. “RAC Rooms will give a new look to a total of 33 Boys & Girls Clubs in the U.S. that will enable children to enjoy their surroundings during free time from school.”

Rent-A-Center, headquartered in Plano, TX, (www.rentacenter.com) is the leader in the rent-to-own industry. The company was founded in 1986 and employs more than 17,000 people in 2,760 stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. There are 64 Rent-A-Center locations in Miami and the surrounding area.