NBA Sponsors New Play and Learn Center in Little Haiti

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and its affiliate, South Florida's Miami Heat, have launched a kids' recreation center, devoted to technology and academics. Called the NBA Cares Learn and Play Center (LPC), it is housed in Little Haiti Cultural Complex. The rec center project falls within the NBA Cares program, committed to offering youngsters a welcoming environment where they can play and learn what their interests in life are. NBA big-wigs, past and present players, cheerleaders, and students came out for the grand opening ceremonies.


The play center in Little Haiti is a state-of-the-art space, devoted to technology, academics, and entertainment. It will be equipped with the latest technology: big-screen TVs, laptops, printers, and tablets. A reading corner will be available, with an inventory of books and a slew of children's games. The NBA has partnered with State Farm and Samsung to remodel the play space. To the kids' amazement the space is done up in a Miami Heat theme.

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Miami Heat super player, Alonzo Mourning, gave a talk letting students know the LPC in Little Haiti was just such a place that helped him grow into a successful adult. He told them, "I want you to take advantage of this facility . . . . soak it all up, take it all in." Once the ribbon cutting and speeches were done, Miami Heat players enjoyed time with the youngsters, playing board games with them.

The NBA has created 898 play centers for children under the NBA Cares banner.

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