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10th Annual Black History Month Challenge


Black History Month Challenge

The Miami HEAT hosted their 10th Annual Miami HEAT Black History Month Challenge Presented by PepsiCo Beverages North America at the AmericanAirlines Arena. Students from Miami Norland Senior High School (Miami-Dade) and South Broward High School (Broward) participated in the game show-style competition, with Shane Battier and Alonzo Mourning serving as team captains.

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HEAT Glades Sweep 2019


 HEAT Glades Sweep

The Miami HEAT took its green initiative to the Florida Everglades by hosting the HEAT Glades Sweep presented by Miccosukee Resort and Gaming. HEAT Glades Sweep aims to not only improve this critically significant ecosystem, but help bring awareness to the importance of restoration of the Everglades ecosystems and the threat it faces, and to the fact that the South Florida population relies on the Florida Everglades for fresh water, flood control, and many of our favorite recreational activities. Staff from the Florida International University School of Arts, Sciences and Education hosted a science fair at the Miccosukee Indian School indoor basketball gym, to educate their students and 5th Grade students from the Jesse J. McCrary, Jr. Elementary HEAT Academy program. This portion of the event featured exhibits consisting of interactive hands-on activities related to STEM Education.

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HEAT Youth Basketball Clinic


 HEAT Glades Sweep

The Miami HEAT hosted a Youth Basketball Clinic and Female Mentorship Panel presented by Gatorade at the AmericanAirlines Arena. HEAT Players Derrick Jones, Jr. and Rodney McGruder conducted the clinic. Jr. HEAT Ambassador and HEAT Camp Director, Tony Fiorentino, HEAT TV Studio & Radio Analyst, Ruth Riley Hunter, as well as the Hoop Troop, Miami HEAT Dancers and HEAT Mascot, Burnie, also joined them.

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The Power of Giving Back


Udonis Haslem Christmas Event

It’s a crystal-clear December morning in South Florida. The sun is shining, very few clouds are in the sky and the temperature is in the mid-60s. A small taste of winter. And on this particular Saturday three days before Christmas, plenty of people are making their way to a local Walmart for last minute gifts. But perhaps nobody is happier than Randall Heidelburg. Why? Well, because when Udonis Haslem has something to say, you listen. With the help of his foundation, UD surprised Heidelburg and the students from the Expressive Arts magnet program at Charles R. Drew K-8 Center with a full-day excursion. After taking the students on a shopping spree and being generous with his time to others around the store, Haslem had a special gift for Heidelburg. A signed Vice Nights jersey.

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27th Annual Thanksgiving Celebration


Thanksgiving celebration

The Miami HEAT hosted the 27th Annual HEAT Thanksgiving Celebration on Monday, November 19th at the Miami Rescue Mission (MRM). The entire HEAT team, along with HEAT coaches and HEAT front office employees joined presenting sponsor Florida Blue as well as supporting sponsors Fresco y Más, Goya Foods, PepsiCo, FOX Sports Sun, and ONE Sotheby’s International Realty to usher in the Thanksgiving holiday with residents of the Greater Miami area.

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2018 Veteran's Day Event Recap


Veteran's Day Recap

As part of the team’s on-going commitment to support U.S. servicemen and servicewomen at home and abroad through the Home Strong Initiative, and in conjunction with the NBA Hoops for Troops program, for Veterans Day members of the Miami HEAT staff including HEAT President Pat Riley and HEAT legends Alonzo Mourning and Glen Rice once again worked alongside members of the U.S. Coast Guard, Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade, Inc. and Ultimate Software staffers on Veterans Day to help renovate the homes of two local veterans in Miami-Dade County.

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Hispanic Heritage Recap


Hassan Whiteside at the Hispanic Heritage event

The Miami HEAT hosted its 13th Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration on Thursday, October 11th at Sports Leadership and Management (SLAM) Academy, presented by PepsiCo and supported by Florida Blue and FOX Sports Sun. Miami HEAT players and talent were in attendance to help host a variety of activities and workshops for SLAM Academy students including a mural installation, esports gaming panel, HEATV play-by-play class, a sports retail class, a basketball clinic and a fitness clinic ran by the HEAT Dancers.

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HEAT Welcome Students Back to School


HEAT Welcome students back to school

The Miami HEAT kicked off the 2018-19 school year in Miami-Dade County by welcoming back the students and teachers at Paul Laurence Dunbar K-8 Center on Monday, August 20th. This event was hosted at Dunbar K-8 Center to recognize the 20 years of the HEAT Academy program, which was established during the 1998-1999 school year. HEAT players, Bam Adebayo, Rodney McGruder, Yante Maten and Duncan Robinson, helped distribute school supplies to students as they entered the school cafeteria.

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HEAT Surprise Students at Miami Beach JCC As Part Of "Learn to Swim" Campaign


HEAT Surprise Students at JJC as Part of Learn to Swim Campaign

The Miami HEAT along with Florida Blue, FOX Sports Sun, and the American Red Cross teamed up to surprise camp students at the Miami Beach Jewish Community Center as part of the HEAT’s “Learn to Swim” water safety campaign.

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HEAT Academy End of Year Celebration 2018

HEAT 2018 Schaolarship

The Miami HEAT hosted an end-of-year celebration for 372 HEAT Academy students at AmericanAirlines Arena on Tuesday, May 15th.

The afternoon was a carnival-style event with food, fun, and excitement for students, guests and HEAT Academy Volunteers. During the festivities, Carnival Corporation & plc and Carnival Foundation presented a check in the amount of $170,000 to the Florida Prepaid College Foundation for scholarships benefiting HEAT Academy students. Fifteen fifth-grade HEAT Academy students who go on to participate in the Carnival Scholarship and Mentoring program will become eligible for a scholarship, which matures in 2025, the fifth grade class’ expected graduating year. This marks the 16th consecutive year that Carnival has funded the scholarships, and during this time the company has purchased 240 scholarships with a total value of more than $3.5 million.

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HEAT Announce 2018 Scholarship Recipients

HEAT 2018 Schaolarship

Miami-based Carnival, the Miami HEAT, and Florida Prepaid College Foundation resented local high school students with four-year college scholarships. Purchased by Carnival Foundation – the charitable arm of the Carnival Corporation, the scholarships were presented to former students of the HEAT Academy, an after school enrichment program for at-risk youth, who currently participate in an innovative workplace mentoring program sponsored by Carnival, the Miami HEAT and in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami. Recipients were selected based on academic performance, leadership skills, community involvement and interviews with representatives from the three participating organizations. Each student also received a personal laptop computer courtesy of Carnival Foundation, Dell and Microsoft as well as gift cards from Perry Ellis and Peony to outfit any future business endeavors in these student’s lives.

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