Miami HEAT: Social Responsibility

HEAT Back-To-School 2020

HEAT BACK-TO-SCHOOL2020

The Miami HEAT and the Office of Community Engagement for Miami-Dade County Public Schools worked together to identify (25) students at varying ages/grade levels in low-income areas to distribute Microsoft laptop devices and other resources to aide their distance-learning needs for the 2020-21 school year. These students were chosen from a pool of current and former students of the HEAT Academy program.

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HEAT Supports Healthcare Heroes

HEAT Supports Healthcare Heros

The Miami HEAT partners with goPuff to help out the health care heroes at Doctors Hospital, Baptist Health of South Florida.

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2020 HEAT Scholarship Winners

2020 HEAT Scholarship Winners

BankUnited and The Miami HEAT Charitable Fund offer $25,000 annually in scholarship funds to high school seniors attending Miami-Dade, Broward, Monroe or Palm Beach schools. This is the 24th year that the Miami HEAT has offered scholarships. HEAT Champion Shane Battier surprised the recipients with a video call awarding them with their scholarships. Scholarships are awarded based on academic performance and outstanding community service.

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Family Meals on the Go

HEAT Family Meals on the Go

The Miami HEAT along with World Central Kitchen and Uber have teamed up to address food insecurity and provide assistance to underserved children and families throughout Miami-Dade through the Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ Family Meals on the Go initiative, created by Superintendent Carvalho in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Family Meals on the Go purchases an average of 500-700 meals from local restaurants daily along with 200 bags of fresh produce, four days per week provided by Farm Share. M-DCPS staff, administrators, school police and Superintendent Alberto Carvalho deliver those meals personally, seven days per week, to impoverished communities throughout the county.

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20th Learn & Play Center

HEAT 20th Learn & Play Center

The Miami HEAT celebrated the opening of its 20th Learn & Play Center and first in Broward County at HANDY, Inc. in Fort Lauderdale on March 10th. The new HEAT 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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11th Annual Black History Month Challenge

11th Annual Black History Month Challenge

The Miami HEAT hosted students from Miami Northwestern Senior High School (Miami-Dade) and Charles W. Flanagan High School (Broward) to participate in the 11th Annual Miami HEAT Black History Month Challenge Presented by Mountain Dew, held at the AmericanAirlines Arena on Tuesday, February 25th.

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Glades Sweep 2020

HEAT Youth Basketball Clinic

The Miami HEAT took its green initiatives once again to the Florida Everglades by hosting the HEAT Glades Sweeps presented by Miccosukee Resort & 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 threats it faces, along with the fact that the South Florida population relies on the Florida Everglades for fresh water, flood control and many of our favorite recreational activities.

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HEAT Youth Basketball Clinic

HEAT Youth Basketball Clinic

The Miami HEAT hosted a Youth Basketball Clinic presented by Gatorade at the AmericanAirlines Arena. HEAT Players Derrick Jones, Jr. and Kelly Olynyk 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 on the court. The event hosted (70) Special Olympics Florida athletes to increase engagement in sports training, physical fitness and highlight their capabilities.

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Larry Share Toy Giveaway

Dribble Drive Against Cancer

For the 14th Consecutive Year, long-term HEAT season ticket member Larry Share donated toys to HEAT Academy students

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Holiday Hospital Visits

28th Annual Thanksgiving Celebration

Tis’ the season to spread holiday cheer and that is exactly what your Miami HEAT did at two local children’s hospital’s on December 12th. The Miami HEAT teamed up with presenting sponsor FedEx Express and supporting sponsor FOX Sports Sun to host the HEAT Holiday Hospital Visits at Baptist Children’s Hospital and Holtz Children’s Hospital at UM/Jackson Memorial Medical Center.

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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 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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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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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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