The Miami HEAT announced today that students from Booker T. Washington Senior High School (Miami-Dade) and McArthur High School (Broward) will participate in the Fifth Annual Miami HEAT BlackHistory Month Challenge presented by Pepsi, which will be held at the AmericanAirlines Arena on Monday, February 24th at 10:30 a.m. All attending media must enter through the Command Center.
The Miami HEAT Black History Month Challenge is a game show-style competition where a team from each of the schools will test their knowledge of African-American history, with the winning school walking away with a $4,000 grant and tickets to an upcoming HEAT game.
Two HEAT legends, Vice President of Player Programs Alonzo Mourning and Director of College and Pro Scouting Keith Askins will participate in the competition and serve as captains for their respective team. The event will be hosted by HEAT Television Host and Courtside Reporter Jason Jackson. Pepsi’s Food Service Representative for Recreation and Retail Business Development Greg Johnson will also be in attendance.
Students from both high schools will be able to watch the competition, which will be streaming live via HEAT.com/BHMChallenge.
“Miami-Dade County Public Schools is a strong supporter of cultural diversity in our schools and community,” said Superintendent of Schools Alberto M. Carvalho. “We are proud to support the Miami HEAT in their efforts to celebrate the many educational, cultural, social, and economic contributions of African-Americans to our nation.”
“The Miami HEAT Black History Month Challenge is a valuable and exciting opportunity for our students to celebrate and honor the contributions of African Americans who have made a remarkable imprint in the fabric of American culture and our nation,” said Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “Our students are learning valuable lessons about the people and events that shaped the great nation we are today.”
This event is part of the HEAT’s ongoing celebration of Black History Month, which is also sponsored by Pepsi. Throughout the month of February, the HEAT is recognizing notable achievements of various African-Americans who have helped change the course of history with their contributions in sports, literature, the arts, the community, education, music and the military. Their accomplishments will be featured during HEAT broadcasts, online at HEAT.com, as well as in-arena and in print in TIPOFF magazine” during HEAT home games.