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Miami HEAT Players Make Surprise Visit to Children at MCH Dan Marino Center Pool

Photos courtesy of Miami Heat Photographer: Omar Vega

Miami, FL – Miami HEAT guard Pat Beverley and HEAT forward James Jones, made a surprise visit to children during their swimming lessons at the Miami Children’s Hospital Dan Marino Center pool as part of the HEAT Learn to Swim community swim safety campaign. The Miami HEAT teamed up with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida and the American Red Cross to instruct children how to swim or how to swim even better. The Xtreme team provided entertainment and HEAT mascot Burnie made quite a splash when he jumped into the pool without any warning!

This Learn to Swim event is unique in that children participating will be patients from the Miami Children’s Hospital Dan Marino Center. The Miami Children’s Hospital Dan Marino Center is an integrated neurodevelopmental center specializing in the evaluation and treatment of children with developmental, psychological and chronic medical conditions. The Miami Children’s Hospital (MCH) Dan Marino Center pool offers swimming lessons to children, as young as six months old, under the supervision and care of highly trained instructors with programs for stroke development and lessons for children with special needs. The MCH Dan Marino Center pool is also utilized for therapeutic treatments to complement other physical and occupational therapies offered through the center. Children with certain medical conditions may benefit from the range of motion and decreased gravitational effects that aquatic therapy in a heated pool provides.  

To learn more about the HEAT Learn to Swim campaign, visit