Miami HEAT: Community
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.
HEAT Surprise Students at Miami Beach JCC 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.
HEAT Academy End of Year Celebration 2018
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.
HEAT Announce 2018 Scholarship Recipients
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.
Miami HEAT's Dwyane Wade Receives NBA Cares March Community Assist Award Presented by Kaiser Permanente
Miami HEAT guard Dwyane Wade has received the March NBA Cares Community Assist Award presented by Kaiser Permanente in recognition of his immediate support for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and the Parkland, FL community, the NBA announced.
HEAT Kicks off 2018 "Learn to Swim" Campaign
The Miami HEAT hosted the 17th Annual HEAT April Pool’s Day presented by Florida Blue with FOX Sports Sun and the American Red Cross on Monday, April 2nd. The event took place at Venetian Pool in Coral Gables, and kicked off the Miami HEAT “Learn to Swim” program.
18th HEAT Learn & Play Center
On March 20, 2018, The Miami HEAT celebrated the opening of its 18th HEAT Learn & Play Center at The South Dade YMCA Family Center in Miami. The new HEAT Learn & Play Center, refurbished in partnership with presenting sponsor and longtime HEAT community partner Florida Blue, provides youth with a safe place to play and resources to help them explore their academic interests.
9th Annual Miami HEAT Black History Month Challenge
Students from Miami Central Senior High School (Miami-Dade) and Dillard High School (Broward) participated in the 9th Annual Miami HEAT Black History Month Challenge presented by PepsiCo, held at the AmericanAirlines Arena.
The Miami HEAT Black History Month Challenge is a game show-style competition where one team from each participating school test their knowledge of African-American history, with the winning school walking away with a $4,000 grant and a HEAT prize pack.
HEAT Host Youth Basketball Clinic Presented by Gatorade
The Miami HEAT hosted a HEAT Youth Basketball Clinic presented by Gatorade at the AmericanAirlines Arena. HEAT Players, Jordan Mickey and Kelly Olynyk participated in the clinic and assisted with coaching different basketball drills.
2018 HEAT Host Glades Sweep
The Miami HEAT took their green initiatives to the Florida Everglades by hosting the HEAT Glades Sweep presented by the Miccosukee Resort and Gaming. This year’s green efforts highlighted the HEAT’s commitment to generating awareness for the protection and sustainability of the environment throughout our community.
HEAT Community Re-HEAT
The 2017-18 season is the 10th year of the Re-HEAT Program in which unserved food from all Miami HEAT home games is redistributed to local homeless assistance programs. Through the assistance of presenting partner Florida Blue, alongside supporting partner Levy Cares, over 44,000 pounds of food have been distributed to Re-HEAT beneficiaries, the Miami Rescue Mission and Chapman Partnership.
HEAT Legend Glen Rice joined HEAT Dancers as well as HEAT Mascot, Burnie, and representatives from presenting sponsor, Florida Blue, and supporting sponsor, Levy Cares, as they visited the Chapman Partnership facility to deliver food and serve meals to its 500+ residents.
Battier, Rice & HEAT Staffers Assist in Lotus Village Move-In
With the holiday season upon us, the Miami HEAT continue to spread joy throughout the community. Earlier today, HEAT Legends, Shane Battier and Glen Rice, and staffers teamed up to assist in part of a weeklong effort of moving Lotus House, a homeless shelter for women and youth, into their newly constructed, 5-story Lotus Village, giving their residents a home for the holidays.
HEAT Distribute Toys To Local Homeless Shelters, Hospitals And Non-Profit Organizations
With the season of giving in full swing, the Miami HEAT continue to spread holiday cheer by distributing over 5,000 toys, donated by JAKKS Pacific Inc., and 5,000 t-shirts, donated by Next Level Apparel, to children at local homeless shelters, childrens’ hospitals and non-profit organizations.
2017-18 HEAT Holiday Hospital Visits
The Miami HEAT players, Burnie the mascot, and the HEAT Dancers spread holiday joy to children at two South Florida hospitals this year, with the help of presenting sponsor FedEx and supporting sponsor FOX Sports Sun.
HEAT Host 26th Annual Thanksgiving Celebration
The Miami HEAT hosted the 26th Annual HEAT Thanksgiving Celebration Tuesday at the Miami Rescue Mission. Follow the link below to read more about the event's impact on families in the local community ahead of the Thanksgiving holididay.
Veterans Day Home Renovation
In honor of Veterans Day, the Miami HEAT, including HEAT legends Alonzo Mourning and Glen Rice, worked alongside members of the U.S. Armed Forces, Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade, Inc. and Ultimate Software staffers to help renovate the homes of two local veterans in Miami-Dade County whose homes suffered damage from Hurricane Irma.
Tamiami Youth Basketball League All-Star Game
As part of our Jr. HEAT NBA initiative, the HEAT Experience took over the Tamiami Youth Basketball League All-Star Game. The Miami HEAT Dancers, Burnie and Xtreme Team hosted a pep rally at the game including HEAT giveaways, prizes and more.
12th Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration Recap
The Miami HEAT hosted its 12th Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at Doral Legacy Park. Presented by Mountain Dew and supported by Florida Blue, FOX Sports Sun and Verizon, the celebration commenced with a pep rally, which included entertainment from the HEAT Experience.
Pet Rescue Airlift
The Miami HEAT teamed up with the Golden State Warriors and FedEx to airlift over 100 pre-Hurricane Irma pets from local Miami animal shelters to no-kill animal shelters in Oakland, California.
Welcome Back, Students!
Although all Miami-Dade County Public Schools opened their doors for the new year on Monday, things were likely a tad bit better at Jesse J. McCrary, Jr. Elementary School.
HEAT Learn to Swim: A.D. Barnes Park Pool Recap
The Miami HEAT teamed up with Florida Blue, FOX Sports Sun and the American Red Cross by surprising some young swimmers during their swimming. As part of the HEAT Learn to Swim community water safety campaign, HEAT Player Wayne Ellington made this surprise visit. Ellington was joined by HEAT P.A. Announcer Michael Baiamonte, Florida Blue Senior Director of Market Development and Community Relations, Martha de la Peña Rojas, Miami-Dade County, District 6 Commissioner, Rebeca Sosa, and American Red Cross Territory Aquatics Specialist, Patrick Beason, who provided instruction to the children.
HEAT / Pulse Day of Rememberance - Wonder Woman Private Screening with Lotus House
June 12th served as a day of remembrance for the 49 innocent victims who lost their lives at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando in the largest mass shooting in U.S. history. June also serves as LGBTQ Pride Month. The HEAT Group with one of the most diverse staffs in the industry and a culture which emphasizes inclusion, hosted guests from the Lotus House, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of homeless women, youth and children, for an excursion to Cinépolis Coconut Grove for a private screening of Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman is an iconic DC Comics character and a symbol of female empowerment. The 35 guests from the Lotus House who attended the event are part of the Rainbow Lotus group which identify as LGBTQ or allies of the community.
HEAT donate $10,000 to LA LIGA CONTRA EL CÁNCER/ THE LEAGUE AGAINST CANCER as part of $50,000 commitment
The Miami HEAT Charitable Fund announced today that they donated $10,000 to La Liga Contra el Cáncer / The League Against Cancer during Saturday’s 42nd Anniversary Telethon. This is the third of five $10,000 donations the Miami HEAT Charitable Fund will make over a five-year period. The League Against Cancer is a non-profit organization providing free medical care to cancer patients who do not have financial resources or health insurance.
Shane Battier Grants Scholarships to Students
Shane Battier grants 21 students at Miami Central Highschool full scholarships through his Take Charge Foundation.