HEAT Community Affairs: Community Activities
Miami HEAT Learn to Swim Program
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 Sun Sports 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
Miami HEAT Visits/Item and Memorabilia Requests
The Miami HEAT supports numerous organizations and events throughout South Florida community. Through special visits, donations of sports memorabilia, in-kind items and player/mascot/dancer appearances as well as staff involvement and volunteerism, the Miami HEAT reaches out to the community on a year-round basis. All requests for donated items and player appearances must be submitted in writing no less than six (6) weeks prior to an event to the address listed below.
Please do not send items for team/player autographs in the mail unless you have been granted permission by the Miami HEAT.
*Unsolicited autograph requests will not be accepted.*
The HEAT Group will not be responsible for items lost in the mail.
All requests MUST meet the following criteria:
- Submitted on Organization Letterhead
- Thorough description of the organization and its mission
- Thorough description of the planned event including any related collateral/promotional materials
- Date, time, and location of the event.
Please mail requests to:
Community Affairs Department
601 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33132
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, special Christmas tree deliveries, holiday parties and toy drives for local charities.
With the largest Hispanic season ticket fan base in the NBA, the Miami HEAT in partnership with Pepsi, Florida Blue and Sun Sports, continues to engage the Hispanic community, with an annual HEAT Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration during the month of October. In its eighth year, the event consists of a fun-filled day of festivities that includes interaction with HEAT Players, HEAT Dancers, the Xtreme Team and Burnie the mascot.
The Re-HEAT program, presented by AARP Foundation's Drive to End Hunger and in partnership with Levy Restaurants and AmericanAirlines Arena, distributes unserved food from all HEAT home games to homeless shelters in the South Florida area. Beneficiary organizations include the Miami Rescue Mission and Chapman Partnership.
|HEAT Beach Sweep, presented by PricewaterhouseCoopers, comprises of a beach clean-up effort that incorporates HEAT players, HEAT Dancers, Burnie, the Xtreme Team and all of the HEAT front office staff. This event will serves as a centerpiece for the Miami HEAT during NBA Green Week. NBA Green Week looks to leverage the combined weight of the league, teams, players, and partners to generate awareness and raise funds to help support environmental protection.|
|Random Acts of HEAT, presented by Kia, 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.|
As part of Green Week in April 2009, the AmericanAirlines Arena announced that it was awarded LEED Certification for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED is the USGBC's leading rating system for designing and constructing the world's greenest, most energy-efficient, and high performing buildings. The AmericanAirlines Arena was one of the first two arenas in the country to receive this prestigious designation by the USGBC.