HEAT Community Affairs: Education

HEAT Academy headerHEAT 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 and C1 Bank. 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 ? 5:30 p.m. The HEAT Academy provides educational support to a total of 300 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 headerHEAT Scholarships logo

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 April 4, 2015. This will be the ninteenth 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

HEAT Learn and Play Center headerMiami HEAT Learn and Play Centers Logo

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 fourteen 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

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 headerBlack History Month Challenge Logo

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 $5,000 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.


HEAT Back to School headerBack To School Logo

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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"33 Thanksgivings" Alonzo Mourning

Alonzo Mourning and the Overtown Youth Center partnered with Publix and Fed Ex to provide over 400 Thanksgiving meals to families
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"33 Thanksgivings" Alonzo Mourning

Alonzo Mourning and the Overtown Youth Center partnered with Publix and Fed Ex to provide over 400 Thanksgiving meals to families
Dec 4, 2014  |  02:03

A Night on the RunWade 2014

Dwyane Wade holds his annual event to raise money for charity
Nov 25, 2014  |  01:34

HEAT Veterans Day Home Renovation

The HEAT work to create a great home for a local veteran
Nov 13, 2014  |  01:31

Packing for Troops

Chris Bosh's foundation Team Tomorrow partner with America's Moms for Soldiers and the Miami HEAT to create care packages for our troops
Nov 13, 2014  |  01:40

4th Annual Juice Foundation Fashion Show Recap

Take a look back at the 4th Annual Juice Foundation Fashion Show
Nov 5, 2014  |  01:23

Night on the RunWade Promo

Join Dwyane Wade at the Ice Palace Studios on Tuesday, November 18th for his annual fundraiser with all proceeds benefiting the Wade's Word Foundation.
Nov 5, 2014  |  00:40

Hispanic Heritage Month Recap (10/13/14)

Miami HEAT celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at Riverside Elementary School.
Oct 17, 2014  |  01:46

Brazil: Fan Zone

HEAT players team up with the NBA to put on an NBA Fan Zone on Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Oct 10, 2014  |  01:37

FedEx Basketball Clinic

FedEx and the Miami HEAT put on a basketball clinic in Rio de Janeiro leading up to the Brazil Games this weekend.
Oct 9, 2014  |  03:49

Dwyane Wade Fantasy Camp

A look inside the fantasy camp put on by Dwyane Wade
Aug 26, 2014  |  01:24

Back to School Recap

HEAT players Shabazz Napier, Tyler Johnson, the Miami HEAT Xtreme Team and staff assist Twin Lakes Elementary School in the first day back to school
Aug 21, 2014  |  01:31

Coach Spo Ice Bucket Challenge

Erik Spoelstra completes the Ice Bucket Challenge in aid of ALS research
Aug 18, 2014  |  00:40

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The Miami HEAT staff complete the Ice Bucket challenge to help fund ALS research
Aug 15, 2014  |  02:31

Learn to Swim: Tropical Estates Park

The Miami HEAT, Florida Blue and the American Red Cross work to teach water safety
Jul 29, 2014  |  01:41

HEAT April pool's Day

The Miami HEAT teamed up with the American Red Cross, Florida Blue and Foxsports to launch the beginning of the HEAT Learn to Swim program at Gibson Pool Park in Miami.
Apr 9, 2014  |  01:30

HEAT Cycle for Safety

The HEAT promote safety for cyclists of all ages
Apr 9, 2014  |  01:03

2014 HEAT FCAT Video Pep Rally

The Miami HEAT show some support and provide tips to help students prepare for the FCAT.
Apr 1, 2014  |  08:39

Ray Allen Golf Classic and Ray of Hope Luncheon

Ray Allen’s foundation, Ray of Hope, held a golf tournament to raise funds for the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation presented by Hublot.
Mar 27, 2014  |  01:21

13th Miami HEAT Learn and Play Center Recap

The Miami HEAT opened their 13th Learn and Play center at Branches in Miami. The event was attended by HEAT players Greg Oden and Michael Beasley.
Mar 27, 2014  |  01:22

Spoelstra Hosts Young Athletes from Philippines

HEAT Head Coach Erik Spoelstra hosts young athletes from areas in the Philippines devastated by Typhoon Haiyan
Mar 21, 2014  |  02:17

17th Annual Miami HEAT Family Festival Recap

The Miami HEAT Charitable Fund raised more than $500,000 during the 17th Annual Miami HEAT Family Festival.
Mar 4, 2014  |  01:48

Re-HEAT Delivery

The Miami HEAT’s Michael Beasley and the AARP Foundation collaborate in their Drive to End Hunger
Feb 26, 2014  |  01:08

Wade Gatorade Gym Makeover

With the help of Gatorade, Dwyane Wade makes over a Riverdale High School locker room
Feb 16, 2014  |  00:58

LeBron James’ Boys and Girls Club Renovation

LeBron James teams with the Boys and Girls club to renovate one of their facilities in New Orleans
Feb 16, 2014  |  00:59

Dwyane Wade One on One

Wade and author James Patterson promote literacy comprehension among children
Feb 16, 2014  |  00:44

NBA Cares: All-Star

HEAT players Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, and LeBron James take time during All-Star weekend to help at Clark Prep High School in New Orleans
Feb 14, 2014  |  01:36

Beach Sweep - Virginia Key Beach

The 5th Annual HEAT Beach Sweep presented by PricewaterhouseCoopers and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami at the historic Virginia Key Beach in Key Biscayne
Feb 4, 2014  |  01:27

Battioke 2014

The Miami HEAT players and families compete in a karaoke contest benefiting the Take Charge Foundation
Jan 30, 2014  |  02:02

NBA FIT/Let's Move! with Michelle Obama and Miami HEAT

The Miami HEAT and Michelle Obama promote healthy diet and exercise for NBA FIT and the Let's Move! initiative.
Jan 21, 2014  |  00:49

ESP: 42 deseos fueron concedidos gracias a la Fundación Make a Wish y al Miami HEAT

Los niños de la Fundación Make a Wish y sus padres pasaron dos días con el Miami HEAT viviendo una experiencia única al hacer sus sueños realidad.
Jan 11, 2014  |  05:41