Heat players, dancers and even Burnie the mascot paid a visit to His House as the Miami Heat unveiled the new Heat Learn & Play Center. Alongside presenting sponsor Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, the Heat renovated the His House building’s existing game room and computer lab with furniture, a 50-inch flat-panel Plasma TV, XBOX 360 game console, a Pop-A-Shot basketball game and new computers donated through the generous support of the team’s partnership with HP.
Jason Jackson hosted the press conference as the event proceeded with words from special guests Eric Woolworth, president of the Heat Group’s Business Operations and Penny Shaffer, South Florida market president of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida.
“This is the sixth Learn & Play Center the Miami Heat has had the pleasure of unveiling over the past five years,” said Woolworth. “The idea behind these centers is to make them inviting places where children can work, play and bond in a safe environment.”
Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, His Kids became wide-eyed as they entered their newly-renovated play room. Their profuse energy filled the room as Heat players Mark Blount and James Jones played checkers and video games with them.
His House staff says they are very thankful for the generous donation of the Heat, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida and HP for touching the lives of children by making this renovation possible.
“The new game room is truly spectacular, and we know that it will inspire creativity and help foster friendships among our children,” said Jean Caceres-Gonzalez, His House’s founder and executive director. “We’re very thankful to the Miami Heat for this remarkable contribution to our campus.”
Established in 1989, His House Children’s Home (HHCH) is a private, non-profit, faith-based organization whose mission is to defend the cause of the weak and fatherless by providing excellent residential, case management, foster care, adoption and counseling services to the children of South Florida from newborn to 18 years of age in crisis and support for their families. Today His House provides a safe haven for more than 60 children in shelter and more than 325 in foster care.