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.

Miami HEAT Home Strong


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!

Miami Heat Family Festival


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.

    *Your privacy is important to us, we will not sell or share your personal information.

Miami HEAT Scholarships 2019

Miami HEAT player, Udonis Haslem, encourage high school seniors of South Florida to apply to the Miami HEAT Scholarship.
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Miami HEAT Scholarships 2019

Miami HEAT player, Udonis Haslem, encourage high school seniors of South Florida to apply to the Miami HEAT Scholarship.
Jan 14, 2019  |  00:32

Udonis Haslem's Holiday Event

Udonis Haslem honors the students of the Critics’ Choice Award Winning Thespian Troupe 88470, from the Expressive Arts magnet program at Charles R. Drew K-8 Center by taking them on a full-day excursion, including a shopping spree at a local Walmart
Dec 24, 2018  |  00:57

HEAT Hospital Visits

The HEAT visit Holtz Children’s Hospital at UM/Jackson Memorial Medical Center and Baptist Children’s Hospital to spread holiday cheer to children undergoing care
Dec 21, 2018  |  01:37

Tissot Gift of Time: Cristian Roldan

The Miami HEAT and Tissot honor Cristian Roldan with a Tissot watch after he showed great bravery and saved a man's life
Dec 2, 2018  |  01:36

Home Strong Renovations

The Miami HEAT work alongside members of the U.S. Coast Guard, Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade, Inc. and Ultimate Software staffers to help renovate the homes of two local veterans in Miami-Dade County
Nov 12, 2018  |  01:42

Baptist Health South Florida: Vice Vice Baby

The Miami HEAT kick off the Vice campaign in collaboration with Baptist Health South Florida and Ultimate Software
Nov 10, 2018  |  00:46

Johanna Gomez: A Journey of Strength

Johanna Gomez shares her story of overcoming breast cancer
Oct 9, 2018  |  01:49

Inside the HEAT: HEAT Academy

A powerful partnership using their platform to change lives, creating an impact through both education and mentorship, and awarding hard-working students with an opportunity of a lifetime, this is Inside the HEAT: HEAT Academy.
Aug 29, 2018  |  22:35

Ellington's 'Make It Wayne' Tournament

Wayne Ellington hosts his third 'Make It Wayne' Tournament in Pottstown, PA
Aug 20, 2018  |  01:00

BAM's Youth Basketball Clinic

Take a look back at Bam Adebayo's youth basketball clinic, which took place on Saturday, August 4 at Riviera Preparatory School
Aug 9, 2018  |  01:13

Howard & Whiteside At Habitat For Humanity Event

Juwan Howard and Hassan Whiteside help build a house in South Africa during the NBA's Habitat for Humanity event as part of the Basketball Without Borders program
Aug 2, 2018  |  00:58

Remembering Joaquin Oliver

Joaquin Oliver's family and friends share a special experience with the HEAT in his remembrance.
Apr 3, 2018  |  03:39

HEAT Honor Victims of Marjory Stoneman Douglas Tragedy

Before their game against the Grizzlies, the HEAT honor the victims of the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
Feb 24, 2018  |  05:53

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 with the help of presenting sponsor FedEx and supporting sponsor FOX Sports Sun
Dec 6, 2017  |  01:58

HEAT Learn to Swim Video Recap

Wayne Ellington surprises young swimmers at A.D. Barnes Park Pool as part of the Miami HEAT Learn to Swim program
Jul 20, 2017  |  01:04

Winslow YMCA PSA

Justise Winslow encourages the community to get in the game with the YMCA Youth Sports.
Jan 11, 2017  |  00:52

Alonzo & Tracy Mourning Thanksgiving Surprise

Alonzo and Tracy Mourning help unburden folks in Overtown by surprising them with Thanksgiving meals
Nov 26, 2016  |  01:45

2016 Thanksgiving Celebration Recap

25th Annual Thanksgiving celebration recap
Nov 17, 2016  |  01:36

19th Annual Miami HEAT Family Festival Recap

The HEAT host host the 19th Annual Miami HEAT Family Festival, presented by Carnival Cruise Lines, an interactive celebration benefitting local South Florida charities and the Miami HEAT Charitable Fund.
Mar 25, 2016  |  01:42

7th Annual HEAT Beach Sweep Recap

The Miami HEAT host its 7th Annual HEAT Beach Sweep at Crandon Park in Key Biscayne
Feb 22, 2016  |  01:32

Bosh and Riley visit Fisher House

Chris Bosh and Pat Riley celebrate the holidays with families at Fisher House Miami
Jan 8, 2016  |  01:35

Player Holiday Events

The Miami HEAT host holiday events.
Dec 25, 2015  |  01:38

Holiday PSA

Miami HEAT Players and coaching staff give back to the community during the Holiday season
Dec 23, 2015  |  01:01

Zo's 33 Thanksgivings

Alonzo Mourning distributes over 400 meals at the Overtown Youth Center
Nov 30, 2015  |  01:53

HEAT Thanksgiving Celebration Recap

HEAT host 24th Annual Thanksgiving Celebration
Nov 23, 2015  |  01:51

HEAT Go “Back to School” at Dillard Elementary

Amar’e Stoudemire and the HEAT kicked off the 2015-16 school year by distributing school supplies to students at Dillard Elementary
Aug 24, 2015  |  00:19

Heat Academy End of Year Celebration

HEAT Academy host End-of-Year celebration
May 21, 2015  |  01:36

Chris Bosh Holiday Giveaway

Chris Bosh provides free shopping for 150 children
Dec 22, 2012  |  01:40


HEAT player Josh Richardson has a message for all fans attending events at AmericanAirlines Arena
Jun 12, 2018  |  00:30

Miami HEAT Bike Safety Event Presented by FDOT

Local students learn about Bike Safety from the Miami HEAT and the Florida Department of Transportation
Jun 12, 2018  |  01:11