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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, Florida Blue, C1 Bank, and Florida Prepaid College Board. 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 390 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.

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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 in May. This year's application deadline is January 30, 2016. This will be the twentieth 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

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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

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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 fifteen 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, and
  • 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

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

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The Black History Month Challenge, presented by Pepsi, 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. This will be the sixth year of the event hosted by HEAT/Sun Sports sideline reporter Jason Jackson and also incorporating two HEAT players as captains on each of the opposing teams.

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The Miami HEAT welcome back to school the students and teachers of a local elementary school by distributing an assortment of school supplies while the sights and sounds of the HEAT Experience help alleviate any first day jitters those students might be feeling.

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Chris Bosh and Pat Riley celebrate the holidays with families at Fisher House Miami
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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 Wheels Banner Unveiling

The Miami HEAT Wheels basketball team unveil their 2015 championship banner at the Miami Springs Community Center
Feb 9, 2016  |  01:32

Wade Love Story

The story behind a couple and how Dwyane Wade has influenced their life
Jan 7, 2016  |  01:29

Wade Buys Lunch for HEAT Staff

Dwyane Wade catered a special lunch for the entire Miami HEAT staff before the holidays
Dec 23, 2015  |  00:43

ReHEAT 2015

The HEAT hosted the holiday version of ReHEAT at Chapman house in Miami
Dec 23, 2015  |  01:27

Christmas with Chris Bosh

Chris Bosh hosted a group of Children at Gametime in Sunset Place for a Christmas celebration
Dec 23, 2015  |  01:25

Larry Share Toy Giveaway Recap

Larry Share, Alonzo Mourning and The HEAT Experience host a toy giveaway at Jesse J. McCrary Elementary School
Dec 20, 2015  |  01:18

Make A Wish Veterans Assistance

The Miami HEAT help restore the Make A Wish Veterans Center
Dec 18, 2015  |  01:54

Team Tomorrow Feeds Families Recap

Chris Bosh of Team Tomorrow serves thanksgiving meals to families in need
Nov 23, 2015  |  00:57

2015 Hispanic Heritage Celebration Recap

The HEAT hosts its 10th Annual HEAT Hispanic Heritage Celebration in the heart of Little Havana at the oldest high school in the county, Miami Senior High School
Oct 28, 2015  |  01:38

HEAT on the Street: Doral Recap

Burnie and the HEAT surprise fans in the community
Sep 18, 2015  |  01:26

HEAT on the Street: Doral

Burnie and the HEAT surprise fans in Doral
Sep 11, 2015  |  00:30

Gatorade Sweat with the Best

Eight lucky winners were chosen to be a HEAT athlete for the day by Gatorade
Sep 3, 2015  |  01:38

Amar'e and the HEAT go Back to School Recap

On Monday, August 24, Amar'e Stoudemire the Miami HEAT went Back to School with children at Dillard Elementary.
Aug 26, 2015  |  01:30

HEAT on the Street Ride Along Promotion

Ride Along with the HEAT to get HEAT Nation going for Opening Night!
Aug 24, 2015  |  01:25

Gerald Green Visits HEAT Camp at MDC

Gerald Green visits HEAT Camp at MDC
Aug 14, 2015  |  00:52

Gerald Green Message to Fans

Gerald Green has a message for fans that he delivered at HEAT Camp on July 6.
Aug 6, 2015  |  00:13

Udonis Haslem Visits Heat Camp at MDC

Udonis Haslem visits HEAT Camp at MDC.
Aug 3, 2015  |  01:44

Learn to Swim: North Pointe

Hassan Whiteside, the Miami HEAT and Florida Blue taught the importance of water safety to children
Jul 31, 2015  |  01:28

2015 HEAT Learn To Swim

The Miami HEAT teams up with Florida Blue, Sun Sports/FOX Sports Florida & the American Red Cross to surprise summer camp participants during their swimming lessons at the North Pointe YMCA Family Center Pool
Jul 27, 2015  |  00:31

Whiteside Basketball Camp

Hassan Whiteside hosts a basketball camp for children
Jul 15, 2015  |  01:37

The HEAT Support Aksel

The Miami HEAT are looking to the community to assist Aksel Johnsson in his fight with HLH.
Jun 25, 2015  |  05:43

Big Brothers Big Sisters and the HEAT

As part of its ongoing commitment to improving the South Florida community, The Miami HEAT Charitable Fund donated $350,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters to create a fitness center, The Miami HEAT Big Fitness Room, for the at-risk children at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami set to unveil in Spring 2016.
Jun 9, 2015  |  00:44