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HEAT and VERIZON Wireless Call for End to Domestic Violence

Fans Can Get Involved by Recycling Wireless Phones at Remaining HEAT Home Games ▪ First 3,000 Fans Who Donate Will Receive A Ticket Voucher To A Select HEAT Game* ▪ Verizon Wireless To Donate $10,000 To Charity If Goal Of 3,000 Used Cell Phones Are Collected 

MIAMI, 03/02 – The Miami HEAT and Verizon Wireless are teaming up to call for an end to domestic violence by inviting fans to donate used wireless phones and accessories to the Verizon Wireless HopeLine® program at AmericanAirlines Arena during HEAT home games for the remainder of the season. The Verizon Wireless HopeLine® is a phone recycling and reuse program. 

Fans can donate their used wireless phones and accessories at any of the drop boxes located at all AmericanAirlines Arena entrances and at the Verizon Wireless Lounge outside of Section 114. The first 3,000 fans who make a donation will receive a ticket voucher good for two free tickets to a select HEAT home game*.   

As part of the Verizon Wireless Challenge Grant Program, the Miami HEAT and the Miami HEAT Wives Club have teamed up by setting a goal of collecting 3,000 used cell phones. If the HEAT is successful, Verizon Wireless has committed to donating $10,000 to Miami’s SafeSpace Organization.

“The Verizon Wireless HopeLine initiative is one that allows both the HEAT organization and the South Florida community to get involved,” said HEAT President of Business Operations Eric Woolworth. “Not only are we working together to stop domestic violence, but as a LEED certified facility, we are always looking to participate in programs that are environmentally responsible.” 

“As the Miami HEAT Wives Club, we are committed to helping SafeSpace in their mission to provide a safe shelter for women and their children who are victims of domestic violence.  It is a cause near and dear to our hearts,” said Olivia Rothstein, Miami HEAT Wives Club member and wife of HEAT Assistant Coach Ron Rothstein. “Through the Verizon Wireless initiative called HopeLine, we are encouraging the public to join us in donating old wireless phones and their accessories.  The proceeds would be used to help provide a new beginning for these women and their children.” 

Verizon Wireless HopeLine®

Verizon Wireless’ HopeLine program collects no-longer used wireless phones, batteries and accessories from any wireless service provider at our Communications Stores nationwide and puts the nation’s most reliable wireless network to work in our communities by turning these unused wireless phones into support for victims of domestic violence. Equipment can be donated to the HopeLine program year-round at any Verizon Wireless Communications Store across the country. For more information, please visit

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable and largest wireless voice and data network, serving more than 91 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 85,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, visit To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at

The Miami HEAT is proud to welcome Assist-Card as the Presenting Sponsor for the 2009-10 season. 

*Excludes March 4 vs. Lakers and March 18 vs. Magic