HEAT Community Affairs: Foundation


Miami Heat Charitable Fund logo

Established in 1997, the Miami HEAT Charitable Fund supports programs for the betterment of at-risk families in South Florida. Beneficiaries include SafeSpace, a domestic violence shelter for women and children and the Jackson Memorial Foundation’s Guardian Angels which benefits Jackson’s Center for Maternity and Babies at Holtz Children’s Hospital.

The Miami HEAT Charitable Fund also provides educational scholarships for high school seniors and partners with inner-city elementary schools to fund the HEAT Academy, which provides after-school tutoring and mentoring programs. Through these initiatives, the Miami HEAT Charitable Fund continues to inspire the youth of South Florida to envision their dreams and achieve their goals.


Established in 2006, Home Strong is an ongoing program that salutes and honors the courageous men and women in uniform for their dedication to the United States Armed Forces. Home Strong’s mission is to give aid, support and recognition to any person who has been in harm’s way in the military service. Pat Riley and the Miami HEAT created this initiative as a means of paying tribute to our active military and veterans. Currently, the program is working in partnership with Ultimate Software to provide further assistance with the unmet needs of military personnel and their families who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan and reside in the South Florida area.

Beneficiaries include:

  • HEAT Home Strong Recognition Program: Hosts, honors and supports military personnel and their families who have served in combat and reside in the South Florida area.
  • Fisher House Foundation: Builds and maintains a “home away from home” at no charge for military families of patients receiving medical care at nearby VA medical centers.
  • Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade: The Miami HEAT works alongside members of the U.S. Armed Forces to help renovate homes of local veterans while funding the renovation.

The Miami HEAT Family Festival presented by Carnival Cruise Line takes place in the Spring of each season. It is a themed, interactive, carnival-like celebration in which HEAT players, coaches, celebrities and about 300 families come together for a day full of fun in an effort to raise vital dollars for local charities. In addition to the fanfare at the event, top restaurants and chefs from South Florida create a memorable dining extravaganza.

Click here for more information on the upcoming 22nd Annual Miami HEAT Family Festival presented by Carnival Cruise Line!


The Annual Miami HEAT Golf Classic has offered golfers an opportunity to tackle some of the most prominent golf courses around town, such as Don Shula’s in Miami Lakes, the Trump National Doral Miami, the Miccosukee Golf & Country Club, and most recently, the Deering Bay Yacht & Country Club. All net proceeds benefit the Miami HEAT Charitable Fund.

Miami HEAT Golf Classic


Every spring the Miami HEAT players and coaches join Micky and Madeleine Arison and Pat and Chris Riley to raise funds during an exclusive gala. It features a private dinner and live performances by musical artists. Past performers at this event have included Michael McDonald, Gladys Knight, Boyz II Men, Toni Braxton, Earth, Wind & Fire, Mary J. Blige, and Kool & The Gang. The evening is also highlighted by a live auction featuring exclusive, one-of-a-kind experiences. Guests can mingle with HEAT players and coaches; enjoy cocktails and a night of dancing, while also raising funds for the Miami HEAT Charitable Fund. With the support of loyal family and friends, the Miami HEAT Charitable Fund has been able to raise more than $7 million in total since the event’s inception in 2006.

Miami HEAT Gala
Miami HEAT Gala


Holtz Children’s Hospital at Jackson Memorial continues to provide state-of-the-art assistance to children in their pediatric intensive care unit made possible from the joint donation of Carnival Cruise Line and the Miami HEAT Charitable Fund. The redesigned facility currently lets parents play a more active role in their child’s treatment and recovery. This ongoing partnership allows for more critically ill children to be treated in South Florida through cutting-edge medical care.


One of the most generous and trendsetting programs in the NBA, the Miami HEAT’s Player Ticket Program will spend the entire regular season reaching out to children who typically would only dream of watching a HEAT game live. HEAT players will join forces to donate tickets for every single home game to local charitable organizations and over the course of a season, more than 5,000 children, many for the first time, will have the opportunity to enjoy a HEAT game, courtesy of their favorite HEAT players and role models. Players also graciously provide several private “Meet & Greet” opportunities for the groups prior to each HEAT home game, where the players talk to children, sign autographs and take pictures.


The Miami HEAT Family Charity Group, established in conjunction with the Miami HEAT Charitable Fund, consists of members including wives of active HEAT coaches, players, select senior executive management as well as player mothers and family. The group works closely together with the Miami HEAT Charitable Fund to assist the South Florida community through activities including the organization of various fundraising efforts, the Annual SafeSpace Holiday Outreach initiative, the Domestic Violence Prevention Walk and other numerous hours of volunteer contributions.


By donating through this secure website, your support enables us to ensure that our efforts reaches more in the community to inspire the families and youth of South Florida.

Here are a few ways to donate to the Miami HEAT Charitable Fund:

  1. If you prefer to donate through the mail, please make payable to “Miami Foundation” and send your donations to the following address:

    Miami HEAT Charitable Fund
    AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132

  2. Click here to make a payment online.

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