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HEAT Academy End of Year Celebration 2019

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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

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

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 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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