HEAT Community Affairs: Education

HEAT ACADEMY

HEAT Academy

Through its flagship community affairs initiative, HEAT Academy, the Miami HEAT has embraced the importance of providing children in South Florida with the opportunity to have a quality after-school program with an academic purpose at its core. The HEAT Academy is fully funded by the Miami HEAT and its corporate partners, Carnival Foundation and Florida Blue. The funding for the program accounts for teacher wages, materials & supplies, daily snacks and any special activities planned throughout the course of the year. The HEAT Academy's primary goal is to provide economically disadvantaged students who are most at risk of academic failure or juvenile delinquency with a program of after-school tutoring and academic enrichment. The program is dedicated to strengthening the students' reading, writing, math and science skills so that they are able to increase their potential for success on the Florida Standards Assessment Test (FSA) exam and compete on a national level.

Through a collaborative partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools and the HEAT Group corporate partners, the Miami HEAT has teamed up to facilitate HEAT Academy at three local inner city schools:

  • Paul Laurence Dunbar K-8 Center (Overtown)
  • Jesse J. McCrary, Jr. Elementary (Little Haiti)
  • Riverside Elementary (Little Havana)

At HEAT Academy students practice reading, writing, math and science, receive assistance with homework, have a safe place to learn after school when their parents are usually not available, and most importantly, learn from positive role models who inspire our students to excel.

The HEAT Academy operates the majority of the school year-round every day of the week, Monday through Friday from 3:30 pm to 5:30 p.m. The HEAT Academy provides educational support to a total of 354 students across the three Elementary schools from the 3rd to the 5th Grade. Although the program is free for students enrolled, students are required to meet certain attendance goals and abide by a strict code of conduct if they are to remain eligible.

HEAT SCHOLARSHIPS

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The Miami HEAT and BankUnited are offering $25,000.00 in scholarship funds to high school seniors attending Miami-Dade, Broward, Monroe or Palm Beach schools. Scholarship applications are available each school year and recipients are awarded between April and May. This year's application deadline is January 26, 2019. This will be the twenty-third year that the Miami HEAT has offered scholarships. Scholarships are awarded based on academic performance and outstanding community service. Scholarships include the following:

  • Three (3) $5,000.00 HEAT Scholarships
  • One (1) $5,000.00 Dr. Jack Ramsay Scholarship
  • One (1) $5,000.00 Alec Kessler Student-Athlete Scholarship

Click Here for Scholarship Application

HEAT FUN-RAISER

The Miami HEAT realizes that fundraising is necessary for schools to keep programs properly funded. To help your school, we have created an opportunity for faculty, students and their families to enjoy the experience of a Miami HEAT game - LIVE, while simultaneously helping the school to meet its goals. In a fun and exciting alternative to a raffle or chocolate sell-off, etc., schools have the opportunity to receive money for every Miami HEAT ticket the school is able to sell through the Miami HEAT FUN-raiser program. For additional information on this program, please call 786-777-DUNK.
Program Duration: School Year

HEAT LEARN AND PLAY CENTER

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The Miami HEAT along with Florida Blue, have teamed up to create Learn and Play Centers throughout South Florida. As part of this incredible transformation, the HEAT renovates an existing room into a HEAT-themed area with fresh paint and then supplies it with new computers, furniture, books, audio/video equipment and games for children to enjoy & learn from. The concept behind the Miami HEAT Learn and Play Centers are to provide a safe place where children can spend time reading a book, working on their homework, or just having a good time playing video or board games. To date, the HEAT has established Learn and Play Centers at eighteen sites:

  • Each of our three HEAT Academy schools - Paul Laurence Dunbar K-8 Center, Jesse J. McCrary Jr. Elementary, and Riverside Elementary
  • Community Partnership for Homeless, a Miami based homeless shelter which helps men, women and children transition off the streets of Miami-Dade County and on their way to attaining greater stability and self-sufficiency in their lives.
  • Bucky Dent Gymnasium in Hialeah
  • His House Children's Home, a shelter and child-placing facility dedicated to restoring the lives of children and families.
  • Miami Rescue Mission
  • Grapeland Park in Miami
  • Shake-A-Leg Miami
  • Miami Springs Community Center
  • Chapman Partnership
  • Joe Celestin Center in North Miami
  • Branches
  • Little Haiti Cultural Complex
  • The Learning Experience School
  • Robert King High Park
  • Moore Park
  • South Dade YMCA Family Center

To be considered for a Miami HEAT Learn and Play Center, all requests MUST meet the following criteria:

  • Submitted on Organization Letterhead
  • Thorough description of the organization and its mission
  • Thorough description of why your site should be considered for renovation
  • Location of the site

Please mail to:
Miami HEAT
Community Affairs Department / Learn and Play Center
601 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33132

HEAT BLACK HISTORY MONTH CHALLENGE

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The Black History Month Challenge is a game show-style competition held at the AmericanAirlines Arena during the month of February where two teams of students from two local schools test their knowledge of Black history for a chance to win a HEAT prize pack, which includes HEAT tickets and a $4,000 grant to the winning school. Both attending schools are also provided a pizza party provided by Papa John’s. This will be the tenth year of the event hosted by HEAT Television Host and Courtside Reporter Jason Jackson and also incorporating two HEAT legends as captains on each of the opposing teams. Miami-Dade County Public Schools currently holds the series edge over Broward County Public Schools thus far with five wins to three.

HEAT BACK TO SCHOOL

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HEAT Players, Xtreme Team, Burnie and HEAT Dancers welcome students and teachers of a local elementary school back to school to help kickoff the school year. With a little encouragement from the HEAT players as they distribute school supplies to the children and the added excitement of the HEAT Experience, the event serves to alleviate any first day jitters the students might be feeling.

Remembering Joaquin Oliver

Joaquin Oliver's family and friends share a special experience with the HEAT in his remembrance.
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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

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

FDOT Safety PSA

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

Winslow talks about the Miami HEAT Summer Camp

Miami HEAT player, Justise Winslow, talks about the 2018 Miami HEAT Summer Camp. Registration is now open!
May 10, 2018  |  00:30

Richardson talks about the Miami HEAT Summer Camp

Miami HEAT player, Josh Richardson, talks about the 2018 Miami HEAT Summer Camp. Registration is now open!
May 10, 2018  |  00:30

McGruder talks about the Miami Heat Summer Camp

Miami HEAT player, Rodney Mcgruder talks about the 2018 Miami HEAT Summer Camp. Registration is now open!
May 9, 2018  |  00:30

17th Annual HEAT April Pool's Day

The HEAT host the 17th Annual HEAT April Pool’s Day presented by Florida Blue with FOX Sports Sun and the American Red Cross at Venetian Pool in Coral Gables to kick off the Miami HEAT “Learn to Swim” program
May 1, 2018  |  01:29

Fan Voting Begins Today for Seasonlong NBA Cares Community Assist Award Presented by Kaiser Permanente

Fans can vote for Dwyane Wade via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #NBACommunityAssist and #PlayerFirstNameLastName (e.g., #DwyaneWade). The seasonlong award honors a player’s strong commitment to and positive impact on their community over the course of the season. The NBA and Kaiser Permanente will donate $25,000 to the winner’s charity of choice.
Apr 25, 2018  |  00:33

Pride Week: Nicole Waters

Nicole Waters is the Board Chair of the Aqua Foundation for Women, which is an organization that serves and supports the LGBTQ community in South Florida through grants, scholarships and initiatives. #PROUD
Apr 6, 2018  |  00:59

Pride Week: Kim Stone

Kim Stone is a Miami HEAT Executive Vice President and General Manager of AmericanAirlines Arena. She is also a proud member of the LGBTQ community in South Florida. #PROUD
Apr 6, 2018  |  00:58

Pride Week: Lorrie-Ann Diaz

Lorrie-Ann Diaz, the Senior Director of Business Communications for the Miami HEAT and the AmericanAirlines Arena, talks about the birth of the Loud and Proud Dance Party. She is also a proud member of the LGBTQ community and explains the importance of the community celebrating diversity and inclusion. #PROUD
Apr 6, 2018  |  00:58

HEAT Glades Sweep Recap

The Miami HEAT takes its green initiatives to the Florida Everglades by hosting the HEAT Glades Sweep presented by the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida
Mar 28, 2018  |  01:25