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San Antonio and Miami kids have new places to learn and play thanks to NBA Cares, San Antonio Spurs and Miami HEAT

     
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NBA Cares teamed up with State Farm and both teams in the NBA Finals to create new Learn and Play Centers in San Antonio and Miami. The Joe Celestin Center in Miami and the renovated Wheatley Middle School in San Antonio were dedicated as part of the NBA Finals.

Both centers were refurbished by State Farm and will provide Miami and San Antonio kids with a safe place to play as well as academic resources. The centers feature high-tech learning tools and a reading space full of books and games.

During the dedication of the refurbished Joe Celestine Center, past and current HEAT players spent the day playing with kids in the facility. The Joe Celestin Center is the NBA’s 810th Live, Learn or Play center and the 12th Learn and Play Center created by the Miami Heat in South Florida. The centers across the country and around the world provide places for kids and families to learn, live and play in safe environments.

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich plays with kids at the Wheatley Center dedication. Credit: NBA Cares

The Wheatley center in San Antonio is the 811th center established by the NBA. Each year, the two teams in the NBA Finals sponsor a Learn and Play Center in their home cities. Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, current Spurs players and other VIPs, including retired Spurs veterans David Robinson, Georgie Gervin and Sean Elliott attended the dedication in San Antonio.

“NBA Cares is the league’s global community outreach initiative that addresses important social issues such as education, youth and family development, and health and wellness. The NBA and its teams support a range of programs, partners and initiatives that strive to positively impact children and families worldwide.” (www.nba.com/cares)

“As part of the league’s mission to demonstrate leadership in social responsibility, NBA Cares reaches communities through philanthropy, hands-on service and legacy projects. Since October 2005 when NBA Cares was launched, the league and teams have raised more than $220 million for charity, provided more than 2.5 million hours of hands-on service, and built more than 810 places where kids and families can live, learn or play in communities around the world.” (www.nba.com/cares)

NBA Cares community outreach programs address social issues, such as education, environment protection, health and wellness, and youth and family development. The programs established by NBA Cares provide players an opportunity to give back to their communities year-round.

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Melody Harstine Foster

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