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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 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 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 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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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
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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

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

Hassan Whiteside Graduation Surprise

HEAT Center, Hassan Whiteside, surprised Devin Gantzios, a student at the School for Advanced Studies at his graduation at Adrianne Arsht Center. Devin is currently diagnosed with Leukemia and The Miami HEAT and Whiteside wanted to show their support for him during this special day.
Jun 5, 2015  |  01:53

Random Acts of HEAT Pep Rally: June 1

The HEAT Experience visits N. Hialeah Elementary school for a Random Acts of HEAT pep rally presented by Kia
Jun 5, 2015  |  01:32

2015 HEAT Scholarship Recipient

Hassan Whiteside and the HEAT made a visit to Coral Reef Senior High School to surprise one of its students with a $5,000 HEAT Scholarship presented by BankUnited
May 21, 2015  |  00:28

South Florida Commuter Services Pep Rally

South Florida Commuter Services and Miami HEAT take over Florida Atlantic University for Earth Fest Pep Rally at FAU
May 8, 2015  |  00:58

April Pools Day 2015

Tyler Johnson, James Ennis and Florida Blue teach kids to swim and the importance of water safety
Apr 11, 2015  |  01:10

HEAT Charitable Golf Tournament 2015

The HEAT held a charitable golf tournament to raise money for The Miami HEAT Charitable Fund
Apr 10, 2015  |  01:04

6th Annual HEAT Beach Sweep

The Miami HEAT hosted its 6th Annual HEAT Beach Sweep presented by PricewaterhouseCoopers and Big Brothers Big Sisters at HEAT Academy school site, Jesse J. McCrary Jr. Elementary School.
Mar 31, 2015  |  01:29

ESP: El decimoquinto Centro Learn and Play abre sus puertas

El Centro Learn and Play, "Aprender y Jugar", llenó a los estudiantes de alegría al darles la sorpresa de sus vidas.
Mar 25, 2015  |  01:37

Learn and Play Center: The Learning Experience

The Miami HEAT and Florida Blue create a great space for The Learning Experience Students
Mar 21, 2015  |  01:19

Suit up with Wade

Hublot and Dwyane Wade surprised foster students from the Voices with Children foundation
Mar 16, 2015  |  01:42

Black Tie on Ocean Drive

The Miami HEAT and Hublot came together to raise money for the HEAT Charitable fund. See the event that took place on Ocean Dr. in South Beach.
Mar 16, 2015  |  01:40

Hassan Whiteside Autograph Signing

The Miami HEAT Store at Dolphin Mall hosted an autograph session with Hassan Whiteside
Mar 2, 2015  |  00:47

Black History Month Challenge 2015

The HEAT host two high schools in the sixth annual Black History Month Challenge presented by Pepsi
Feb 28, 2015  |  01:30

El Decimoctavo Festival de la Familia con El HEAT

El Festival recaudó más de medio millón de dólares para la fundación caritativa del HEAT.
Feb 25, 2015  |  02:04

Family Festival 2015

The 18th Annual Miami HEAT Family Festival, presented by Carnival Cruise Lines
Feb 24, 2015  |  01:43