Miami HEAT: Community Affairs

28th Annual Thanksgiving Celebration

28th Annual Thanksgiving Celebration

The Miami HEAT hosted its 28th Annual HEAT Thanksgiving Celebration 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 Goya Foods, Pepsico, FOX Sports Sun, Hairclub and ONE Sotheby’s International Realty to usher in the Thanksgiving holiday with the residents of the Greater Miami area.

All residents of the area were invited to enjoy the block-party festivities, but the event will be especially meaningful for a select group of approximately 600 underprivileged families, the majority of which have been pre-selected by different local government and community-based organizations and agencies.

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Dribble Drive Against Cancer

Dribble Drive Against Cancer

2nd Annual Dribble drive event to benefit Miami Cancer Institute . 13.8-mile “Dribble Drive Challenge”…the 3.3-mile “Dribble Drive”…and the “Dribble Drive Dash” around the perimeter of AmericanAirlines Arena

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Random Acts of HEAT World Kindness Day

Random Acts of HEAT

As part of the Miami HEAT and Ultimate Software’s “Random Acts of HEAT” initiative, a team of volunteers from the Miami HEAT and Ultimate Software in conjunction with Feeding South Florida provided fresh and healthy food for 500 families to bring attention to food insecurity in our community.

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HEAT. Help. Cure

HEAT. HELP. CURE

The Miami HEAT hosted the HEAT. Help. Cure radiothon benefiting the Miami Cancer Institute.

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Veterans Day Community Center Renovation

HEAT Veterans Day Renovation

In honor of South Florida’s military veterans, Miami HEAT legends Alonzo Mourning and Glen Rice once again worked alongside members of the U.S. Coast Guard, Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade, Inc., esports organization, Misfits Gaming Group and Ultimate Software staffers to help renovate the Fleet Reserve Association – Flamingo Branch (FRA). The FRA serves as a community center, lounge, and administration office that provides job-placement, office spaces for PTSD counseling, and health care referrals to veterans in need.

The HEAT is proudly funding the renovations for the facility that will encompass the installation of new flooring, interior/exterior painting, and donations from Scott Living, a home furnishings collection by Drew and Jonathan Scott, hosts of HGTV’s the Property Brothers.

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14th Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration

HEAT Hispanic Heritage Celebration

The Miami HEAT hosted its 14th Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration on Friday, October 11th, at Goodlet Park in Hialeah. Presented by PepsiCo and supported by Florida Blue and FOX Sports Sun, the celebration commenced with a pep rally.

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HEAT Supports Bahamian Hurricane Victims

HEAT Back-To-School Event at Toussaint L'Ouverture Elementary

The Miami HEAT lifted the spirits of 20 Bahamians who were displaced by Hurricane Dorian in collaboration with United Way and Diocese of Palm Beach. HEAT players, coaches and the mascot Burnie met with the families temporarily housed in West Palm Beach. The team interacted with the families after practice and Papa John’s provided lunch for the families.

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HEAT Back-To-School Event at Toussaint L'Ouverture Elementary

HEAT Back-To-School Event at Toussaint L'Ouverture Elementary

The Miami HEAT visited Toussaint L'ouverture Elementary for a back to school event celebrating the school's 'A' grade, as well as making sure students had the supplies they needed to succeed.

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19th HEAT Learn & Play Center Recap

19th HEAT Learn & Play Center Recap

The Miami HEAT celebrated the opening of its 19th Learn & Play Center at José Martí Park Community Center in Miami, on June 4th. The new Learn & Play Center, refurbished in partnership with presenting sponsor and longtime HEAT community partner Florida Blue, will provide youth with a safe place to play and resources to help them explore their academic interests.

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HEAT "Learn To Swim" Campaign

HEAT Learn To Swim Campaign

This summer, make every splash a little safer. Stay cool. Swim smart.

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Ray of Hope Foundation

Ray of Hope Foundation

Ray Allen and his wife, Shannon, visit Citrus Grove Middle School and surprise students with a brand new computer lab thanks to his Ray of Hope Foundation.

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HEAT Academy End of Year Celebration 2019

HEAT Academy End of Year Celebration 2019

The Miami HEAT hosted an end-of-year celebration for 354 HEAT Academy students at AmericanAirlines Arena on Thursday, May 16th.

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 $171,000 to the Florida Prepaid College Foundation for scholarships benefiting HEAT Academy students.

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Yante Maten Gives Back At Camillus House

Yante Maten Gives Back At Camillus House

Miami HEAT player, Yante Maten, meets and serves the Camillus House community hot meals.

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The Battier Take Charge Foundation

The Battier Take Charge Foundation

Shane and Heidi Battier surprise 17 students from Miami Central High School with 4-Year Florida Prepaid Scholarships from The Battier Take Charge Foundation.

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Random Acts of HEAT

Random Acts of HEAT

Goran Dragić surprises Chick-fil-A customers by taking care of their lunch bill as part of Random Acts of HEAT presented by Ultimate Software.

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2019 Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade

2019 Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade

On Sunday, April 7th the Miami HEAT along with Ultimate Software took part in this year’s Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade to celebrate diversity and inclusion. The parade is part of the week-long celebration that brings together members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, their friends, allies, and supporters in celebration of the unique spirit and culture of the LGBTQ community. More than 100 HEAT and Ultimate Software staff that participated in this year’s Miami Beach Pride Parade.

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10th Annual Black History Month Challenge

10th Annual 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 Youth Basketball Clinic

HEAT Youth Basketball Clinic

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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