Miami HEAT: Social Responsibility

29th Annual Thanksgiving Celebration

29th Annual Thanksgiving Celebration

The Miami HEAT hosted the 29th Annual HEAT Thanksgiving Celebration on Thursday, November 19th at the Mana Convention Center in Miami. The HEAT, alongside Feeding South Florida, hosted a contactless drive-through food distribution to continue to bring assistance to those adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. HEAT Legends, Alonzo Mourning, Shane Battier and Glen Rice, along with HEAT front office employees, joined presenting sponsor Florida Blue, as well as supporting sponsors Vico Painting, Goya Foods, FOX Sports Sun, Hairclub, ONE Sotheby’s International Realty and Papa John’s Pizza to usher in the Thanksgiving holiday with the residents of the Greater Miami area.

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Veterans Day 2020

HEAT Veterans Day

Due to the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic and with the support from presenting sponsor Ultimate Kronos Group, a caravan including HEAT Legends, Alonzo Mourning, Shane Battier and Glen Rice, along with representatives from Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade, Inc., and a military-branded vehicle conducted surprise visits to the homes of three retired veterans on Veterans Day. Each veteran received a Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade, Inc. Healthy Home Kit funded by Ultimate Kronos Group, a HEAT care package comprised of a customized jersey, giveaways from Florida Blue, as well as a personal monetary donation from Ultimate Kronos Group.

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15th Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration

HEAT Hispanic Heritage Celebration

The Miami HEAT hosted its 15th Annual HEAT Hispanic Heritage Celebration on Saturday, October 10th. Presented by Pollo Tropical and supported by Florida Blue and Fox Sports Sun, the celebration commenced by bringing a community caravan of food, music and celebration to three locations in Miami-Dade County. The route began at Villa Aurora and then traveled to Amistad Apartments, both in Little Havana, ending at Dr. Barbara Carey Shuler Manor Apartments in Model City. Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent, Alberto Carvalho, along with HEAT Dancers, Burnie and Uptown Dale helped distribute 600 Original Cuban Sandwiches from Pollo Tropical, giveaways from Florida Blue, toys and masks from MDCPS and Aquafina water.

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NBA/HEAT Finals Food Distribution Event

HEAT Finals Food Distribution Event

To celebrate their journey to the NBA Finals, the Miami HEAT, the NBA and State Farm, alongside Feeding South Florida and the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC), hosted a food distribution to continue bringing assistance to those adversely affected by the COVID pandemic. Up to 600 families received a 35 lb. box, which included milk, protein, produce and an assortment of non-perishable goods.

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HEAT Back-To-School 2020

HEAT BACK-TO-SCHOOL2020

The Miami HEAT and the Office of Community Engagement for Miami-Dade County Public Schools worked together to identify (25) students at varying ages/grade levels in low-income areas to distribute Microsoft laptop devices and other resources to aide their distance-learning needs for the 2020-21 school year. These students were chosen from a pool of current and former students of the HEAT Academy program.

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HEAT Supports Healthcare Heroes

HEAT Supports Healthcare Heros

The Miami HEAT partners with goPuff to help out the health care heroes at Doctors Hospital, Baptist Health of South Florida.

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2020 HEAT Scholarship Winners

2020 HEAT Scholarship Winners

BankUnited and The Miami HEAT Charitable Fund offer $25,000 annually in scholarship funds to high school seniors attending Miami-Dade, Broward, Monroe or Palm Beach schools. This is the 24th year that the Miami HEAT has offered scholarships. HEAT Champion Shane Battier surprised the recipients with a video call awarding them with their scholarships. Scholarships are awarded based on academic performance and outstanding community service.

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Family Meals on the Go

HEAT Family Meals on the Go

The Miami HEAT along with World Central Kitchen and Uber have teamed up to address food insecurity and provide assistance to underserved children and families throughout Miami-Dade through the Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ Family Meals on the Go initiative, created by Superintendent Carvalho in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Family Meals on the Go purchases an average of 500-700 meals from local restaurants daily along with 200 bags of fresh produce, four days per week provided by Farm Share. M-DCPS staff, administrators, school police and Superintendent Alberto Carvalho deliver those meals personally, seven days per week, to impoverished communities throughout the county.

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20th Learn & Play Center

HEAT 20th Learn & Play Center

The Miami HEAT celebrated the opening of its 20th Learn & Play Center and first in Broward County at HANDY, Inc. in Fort Lauderdale on March 10th. The new HEAT Learn & Play Center, refurbished in partnership with presenting sponsor and longtime HEAT community partner Florida Blue, will provide youth with a safe place to play and resources to help them explore their academic interests.

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11th Annual Black History Month Challenge

11th Annual Black History Month Challenge

The Miami HEAT hosted students from Miami Northwestern Senior High School (Miami-Dade) and Charles W. Flanagan High School (Broward) to participate in the 11th Annual Miami HEAT Black History Month Challenge Presented by Mountain Dew, held at the AmericanAirlines Arena on Tuesday, February 25th.

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Glades Sweep 2020

HEAT Youth Basketball Clinic

The Miami HEAT took its green initiatives once again to the Florida Everglades by hosting the HEAT Glades Sweeps presented by Miccosukee Resort & Gaming. HEAT Glades Sweep aims to not only improve this critically significant ecosystem, but help bring awareness to the importance of restoration of the Everglades ecosystems and the threats it faces, along with the fact that the South Florida population relies on the Florida Everglades for fresh water, flood control and many of our favorite recreational activities.

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HEAT Youth Basketball Clinic

HEAT Youth Basketball Clinic

The Miami HEAT hosted a Youth Basketball Clinic presented by Gatorade at the AmericanAirlines Arena. HEAT Players Derrick Jones, Jr. and Kelly Olynyk conducted the clinic. Jr. HEAT Ambassador and HEAT Camp Director, Tony Fiorentino, HEAT TV Studio & Radio Analyst, Ruth Riley Hunter, as well as the Hoop Troop, Miami HEAT Dancers and HEAT Mascot, Burnie, also joined them on the court. The event hosted (70) Special Olympics Florida athletes to increase engagement in sports training, physical fitness and highlight their capabilities.

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Larry Share Toy Giveaway

Dribble Drive Against Cancer

For the 14th Consecutive Year, long-term HEAT season ticket member Larry Share donated toys to HEAT Academy students

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Holiday Hospital Visits

Holiday visits

Tis’ the season to spread holiday cheer and that is exactly what your Miami HEAT did at two local children’s hospital’s on December 12th. The Miami HEAT teamed up with presenting sponsor FedEx Express and supporting sponsor FOX Sports Sun to host the HEAT Holiday Hospital Visits at Baptist Children’s Hospital and Holtz Children’s Hospital at UM/Jackson Memorial Medical Center.

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Dribble Drive Against Cancer

Dribble Drive Against Cancer

2nd Annual Dribble drive event to benefit Miami Cancer Institute . 13.8-mile “Dribble Drive Challenge”…the 3.3-mile “Dribble Drive”…and the “Dribble Drive Dash” around the perimeter of AmericanAirlines Arena

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Random Acts of HEAT World Kindness Day

Random Acts of HEAT

As part of the Miami HEAT and Ultimate Software’s “Random Acts of HEAT” initiative, a team of volunteers from the Miami HEAT and Ultimate Software in conjunction with Feeding South Florida provided fresh and healthy food for 500 families to bring attention to food insecurity in our community.

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HEAT. Help. Cure

HEAT. HELP. CURE

The Miami HEAT hosted the HEAT. Help. Cure radiothon benefiting the Miami Cancer Institute.

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HEAT Supports Bahamian Hurricane Victims

HEAT Back-To-School Event at Toussaint L'Ouverture Elementary

The Miami HEAT lifted the spirits of 20 Bahamians who were displaced by Hurricane Dorian in collaboration with United Way and Diocese of Palm Beach. HEAT players, coaches and the mascot Burnie met with the families temporarily housed in West Palm Beach. The team interacted with the families after practice and Papa John’s provided lunch for the families.

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HEAT Back-To-School Event at Toussaint L'Ouverture Elementary

HEAT Back-To-School Event at Toussaint L'Ouverture Elementary

The Miami HEAT visited Toussaint L'ouverture Elementary for a back to school event celebrating the school's 'A' grade, as well as making sure students had the supplies they needed to succeed.

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HEAT "Learn To Swim" Campaign

HEAT Learn To Swim Campaign

This summer, make every splash a little safer. Stay cool. Swim smart.

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Ray of Hope Foundation

Ray of Hope Foundation

Ray Allen and his wife, Shannon, visit Citrus Grove Middle School and surprise students with a brand new computer lab thanks to his Ray of Hope Foundation.

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The Battier Take Charge Foundation

The Battier Take Charge Foundation

Shane and Heidi Battier surprise 17 students from Miami Central High School with 4-Year Florida Prepaid Scholarships from The Battier Take Charge Foundation.

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Random Acts of HEAT

Random Acts of HEAT

Goran Dragić surprises Chick-fil-A customers by taking care of their lunch bill as part of Random Acts of HEAT presented by Ultimate Software.

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