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.



Community Activities



HEAT Academy


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

Zo's 33 Thanksgivings

Alonzo Mourning distributes over 400 meals at the Overtown Youth Center
Nov 30, 2015  |  01:53

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

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