The Underline & Swire Properties Join Forces to Bring Jr. HEAT Skills & Drills Basketball Clinic to Local Community

September 29, 2021
by Meg Daly

Bernie from the Miami HEAT playing with young boy

The free, recreational program will be offered to children from the non-profit Kiwanis of Little Havana

Miami, FL. (September 30, 2021) – With the support of Swire Properties Inc., Friends of The Underline will partner with the Miami HEAT to offer Jr. HEAT Skills & Drills, a free basketball skills camp, to the children of the local community. Starting Saturday, October 9th, the eight-week camp will be offered to children ages seven to 13 years old from the non-profit Kiwanis of Little Havana. Taking place from 9-11 a.m., the clinics will be hosted on the Flex Court sponsored by Swire Properties in the Outdoor Gym, a flexible recreational space.

As a leading international developer focused on generating Creative Transformation in South Florida, Swire Properties has been a supporter of The Underline’s mission to encourage an active urban lifestyle in the space under Miami’s Metrorail near the Brickell City Centre neighborhood where the Flex Court is located. The free basketball clinic will be led by the Miami HEAT and will offer creative programming where Kiwanis of Little Havana children can build confidence and learn the fundamentals of basketball.

“When we got involved with The Underline, this is what we envisioned – a beautiful space that would be enjoyed by the youth in our community and would have a positive impact on their future,” said Christa Dabkowski, Swire Properties Vice President of Marketing. “This program will give these children the opportunity to not only learn basketball skills from the best, but also enjoy recreational activities with a team, which provides health, mental, and motivational benefits.”

Basketball classes will be taught by Jr. HEAT coaches Tony Fiorentino and Rick Reyes. Each week will focus on a different basketball skill ranging from the rules and fundamentals of the sport to life skills, such as respect, and sportsmanship. The program lessons will include dribbling and the proper technique for a layup; learning how to dribble with the opposite hand; shooting techniques; shooting off the dribble; jump shots; dribbling to jump shots; and finally, learning specific shots like floaters and more advanced dribbling techniques.

“Our children learn so much from sport.  We knew The Underline Outdoor Gym and Flex Court would provide an incredible urban location for kids to play and stay fit while also learning the many life lessons that team sports have to offer,” said Meg Daly Founder of Friends of The Underline.

Parents can sign up their kids beginning here: https://bit.ly/3CTTCRH

About Swire Properties Inc

Swire Properties Inc, headquartered in Miami since 1979, is one of South Florida’s leading international developers of urban office, hotel and condominium properties. The powerhouse developer is known for its $1-billion, master‐planned development of Brickell City Centre and the island of Brickell Key in downtown Miami. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of the publicly listed Swire Properties Limited based in Hong Kong, which is widely recognized for its commitment to sustainable development, featured in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index For more information, visit www.swireproperties.us.  

About The HEAT Group

The HEAT Group is comprised of the National Basketball Association’s Miami HEAT and the 19,600-seat FTX Arena. The HEAT is a three-time NBA Champion having won titles in 2006, 2012 and 2013 and is a celebrated leader in every discipline of the business of basketball. FTX Arena, home of the HEAT, is a LEED Gold Recertified, award-winning, state-of-the-art facility, which hosts more than 150 events per year. According to Pollstar’s most recent end of year rankings, FTX Arena is ranked the #2 venue in the state of Florida for total ticket sales and among the top five for Latin entertainment. The Arena is located on the waterfront in the thriving arts and entertainment district in downtown Miami. For more information, please visit HEAT.com and FTXArena.com.

About The Underline

The Underline is a planned 10-mile urban trail, linear neighborhood park and public art destination that will span from the Miami River, north of Brickell Metrorail station, to Dadeland South. The Underline project will feature dedicated bike and pedestrian paths, amenities, art, programming, lighting, native vegetation as well as safety features and improvements at road crossings. The Underline will be built in three phases.  The first phase, Brickell Backyard from the Miami River to Coral Way, opened February 2021.  For more information, visit www.theunderline.org and/or follow on social media @theunderlinemia.