Heat stars dedicate new community center
NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (WSVN) -- During championship finals, the NBA likes to leave a little something behind in the cities of the host teams.
Friday, a South Florida community center was the recipient of that very special gift: a new state-of-the-art gymnasium that will officially open on Monday. The Joe Celestin Learn and Play Center had its ribbon cutting on Friday.
The center will give children a safe place to play and study. It features computers, a library and other resources.
Miami Heat Forward Udonis Haslem and Miami Heat Guard Norris Cole both made appearances despite the pressures of being in the finals and a disappointing loss to the San Antonio Spurs in game one of the finals the night before. They said this is what keeps them humble. They want to support the community that supports them.
"It's amazing what they've done here," said Haslem. "I played basketball here when it was a park, just growing up with my friends, and we didn't have the glass backboards and the amazing skill center here, so I'm just happy for the kids, I'm happy for the community."
Cole noted, "You want to be well-rounded. Not everyone can make it to the NBA or to the NFL or to the WNBA, but you can always use and develop your mind and develop your skills as people, and that's the biggest message."
This marks the 12th community center the Miami Heat has dedicated and the 810th the NBA has dedicated.
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