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HEAT Social Responsibility: Initiatives

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HEAT Learn To Swim

In an effort to heighten awareness of the importance of water safety for adult and children of all ages, the Miami HEAT, Florida Blue and Bally Sports Sun encourage South Floridians to receive training in aquatics and water safety courses by supporting organizations such as the American Red Cross through collaborative partnerships.

Program Duration: Year Round

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HEAT Thanksgiving Celebration

The Miami HEAT players and staff ring in the holiday season with numerous festive celebrations and outreach efforts. Programs include turkey giveaways at Thanksgiving, holiday hospital visits, holiday parties and toy drives for local charities.

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HEAT Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

With the largest Hispanic season ticket fan base in the NBA, the Miami HEAT Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration supported by Florida Blue and Bally Sports Sun, has engaged the Hispanic community for fourteen years with an annual HEAT Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration during the month of October. The event consists of a fun-filled day of festivities that includes interaction with HEAT Players, HEAT Dancers, the Hoop Troop and Burnie the mascot.

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RE-HEAT Program

The Re-HEAT program, in partnership with Levy Restaurants and the Miami-Dade Arena, distributes unserved food from all HEAT home games and concerts to homeless shelters in the South Florida area. Beneficiary organizations include the Miami Rescue Mission and Chapman Partnership. During all of our 2021-2022 in-arena events, we were able to donate about 7,770 pounds of unserved food to Camillus House, Miami Rescue Mission and the Chapman Partnership for an average of 86 pounds of food per game. Through the assistance of supporting partner Levy Cares, to date over 69,000 pounds of food have been distributed to Re-HEAT beneficiaries, the Miami Rescue Mission, Camillus House and Chapman Partnership.

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HEAT Beach Sweep

HEAT Beach Sweep, presented by Amerant Bank, is an annual beach clean-up project and pro-conservation campaign aimed at preserving Miami's beaches and preventing beach erosion. The event serves as the annual “Green Initiative” for the HEAT and leverages the combined weight of the league, teams, players and partners to generate awareness and raise funds in support of environmental protection. HEAT Beach Sweep has grown to encompass all HEAT Group GREEN efforts in the community that revolve around generating awareness for the protection and sustainability of the environment. Groups of volunteers from The HEAT Group work in conjunction with Florida International University College of Arts, Sciences & Education to complete a variety of activities.

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Random Acts Of HEAT

Random Acts of HEAT is a series of good deeds in the South Florida community meant to inspire individuals, families, organizations and communities to reciprocate kindness through random acts of their own.

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LEED Certification

The Miami-Dade Arena, which celebrated it's 15th anniversary year in 2015, continues to blaze a trail for best practices and industry firsts.

As part of Green Week in April 2009, the Miami-Dade Arena announced that it was awarded LEED Certification for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).The Miami-Dade Arena was one of the first two arenas in the country to receive this prestigious designation by the USGBC. In January 2015, the Miami-Dade ArenaMiami-Dade Arena was awarded LEED Gold recertification by the USGBC, becoming the first arena in the world to receive LEED Gold recertification.

LEED is the USGBC's leading rating system for designing and constructing the world's greenest, most energy-efficient, and high performing buildings.

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HEAT Veterans Day Activation

This program is part of the team's on-going commitment to support U.S. servicemen and servicewomen at home and abroad through the Home Strong Initiative, and in conjunction with the NBA Hoops for Troops program.

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HEAT Loud And Proud

As long-time supporters of the LGBTQ community, the HEAT and the Miami-Dade Arena remain steadfastly committed to embracing the diversity that makes Miami a unique and special city.

  • January 2018: HEAT was recognized by the NBA for its lengthy history and on-going commitment to diversity and inclusion by winning the NBA's inaugural Inclusion Leadership Award.
  • June 7th, 2018: Eric Woolworth, President of The HEAT Group's Business Operations, was named a “2018 Champion of Diversity” by SAVE, South Florida's leading organization dedicated to promoting, protecting and defending equality for LGBTQ community.
  • April 7th, 2019: Miami HEAT & Ultimate Kronos Group staff members took part in this year's Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade to celebrate diversity & inclusion. The parade is part of the weeklong celebration that brings together members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, their friends, allies, and supporters in celebration of the unique spirit and culture of the LGBTQ community.
  • June 11th, 2021: The Miami HEAT alongside Ultimate Kronos Group hosted a HEAT Loud & Proud Dance Party in collaboration with Door Dash and Night Owl Cookies on the eve of the 5-year Anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shooting. Keeping with the theme of the Dance Party, which is to celebrate life and diversity, Night Owl Cookies debuted their new limited edition Pride cookie as part of the launch event. Additionally, the Miami HEAT and UKG made a $5,000 donation to benefit Equality Florida.
  • April 10th, 2022: 100 Miami HEAT & UKG Staff members took part in this year’s Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade to celebrate diversity & inclusion. The parade is part of the weeklong celebration that brings together members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, their friends, allies, and supporters in celebration of the unique spirit and culture of the LGBTQ community.
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Miami HEAT Wheels

In conjunction with the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation, and Open Spaces Department - Therapeutic Recreation & Inclusion, the Miami HEAT offers support for the Miami HEAT Wheels, an adult wheelchair basketball team wherein players encourage and demonstrate how those with disabilities lead active and productive lives. The Miami HEAT Wheels is a competitive wheelchair basketball team in the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA). The Miami HEAT Wheels compete at the Division I level in the Florida Wheelchair Basketball Conference. The adult wheelchair basketball team competes in regional and national tournaments associated with the NWBA. On April 19, 2015, the Miami HEAT Wheels won their very first championship title in Division III of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association. For additional information on the team please contact the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, Therapeutic Recreation & Inclusion Division at 305-755-7848