Meet our President, Anthony Merritt

We just wanted to be sure everyone knows who the man behind the curtain, or black visor, is and what he is all about.   Coach Anthony has been with our program for over 10 years and has been our president for over 2 years now.    While he may not be new to everyone he may be new to some players and parents on the team.   If you see him around the gym or at a tournament just say hello, he is always happy to talk about Heat basketball or his OKC Thunder

For more information about Coach Anthony please see his bio at:

www.tucsonheat.com/president/

 

HEAT GoFundMe Campaign

The Tucson HEAT has been helping kids from Southern Arizona for 20 years! Over 75 of our players have gone to college with a scholarship, academic or sports related. Our continued success is possible because of determined players, committed parents and a strong community.

This past summer we moved into a new facility with wood floors and air conditioning. We now want to address our needs for proper basketball training equipment. We hope to add equipment such as: cones, jump ropes, weighted basketballs, speed ladders, resistance bands, D-men, Sklz rainmaker, Recoil 360, plyo box sets, basket adapters and safety wall pads.

Please spread the word and help the HEAT out.

www.gofundme.com/HEATEquipment

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Our Fry’s Food VIP CARD Supporters need to re-enroll

frys marketplaceBeginning August 1st, our Fry’s Food VIP CARD Supporters need to re-enroll. We have kindly benefited from this program over the past year so please take 5 minutes to re-enroll. They re-evaluate every year and changes will be based on the success of the program. NEW accounts are also welcome.

• Go to Fry’s Food Community Reward Program and Sign-In
• Select ‘My Account’, you should see Account Summary at the top.
• Scroll down, Click ‘ENROLL’ under Community Rewards. If prompted, enter personal information.
• Under Find Your Organization: Enter 80452 or Tucson HEAT then select ‘search’.
• Under Select Your Organization: Select box next to your organization.
• Then select ‘save changes.’
[The Fry’s Community Rewards program will be evaluated every year and changes will be considered based on the success of the program. By making a one-year commitment to Fry’s, Fry’s is making a one-year commitment to you. It also gives each organization an opportunity to refresh their participation by spreading the word to new participants and keeping the previous participants informed of any changes to the program. This also is a great way for your organization to grow participation and earn great funds.] Click for more details on Fry’s Food Community Reward Enrollment process.

Donate your American Express Points to the HEAT

heatLogoThere are tons of ways to help the Tucson HEAT without doing any extra work. One example is the Members GiveSM program at American Express. If you have an American Express credit card, you can donate your points to the Tucson HEAT. Members GiveSM makes charitable giving simple. You can redeem points in increments of 1,000, 5,000 10,000, 50,000, 100,000, 250,000, and 500,000 toward donations made in either your name or as a gift on behalf of Tucson HEAT. Log into your American Express and go to theMembers GiveSM section.

This HEAT is here to stay

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As you may know we aren’t the only heat in the gym. We have worked out a deal with Grace to the Nations and a contractor for installing more coolers in the gym. More improvements are also being thought over. Looks like we have some fundraising to do. We are in beginning phases and have a big year planned. Contact us if you know a business or individual that is interested in helping our local youth by donating to our 501(c)3 organization. Below are some new specials for this season.

  • Pancake breakfast and Free-Throw-A-Thon later this fall.
  • 1 year of social media mentions or shares via FaceBook, Twitter and our e-newsletter for $250.
  • Add company logo and website link to our sponsors section of our website for $500.
  • A 4′ x 6′ banner in the gym at Grace to the Nations gym and logo on event printed material for $750.
  • A 4′ x 6′ banner in the gym at Pima Community College West and a full page (3.5”x2””) ad in the Aztec Program for $1,000.

Tucson HEAT Donations Details

heatLogoThe Tucson HEAT Basketball Association, Inc (IRS Corporate Tax I.D. Number: 86-0870428) is a non-profit 501(c)3 institution which qualifies for tax deductible donations.   If one chooses, any contribution can be directed to a particular team or purpose.  For example, a donation could be directed to help pay for a team’s entry fee for a tournament or league.  Parents are not allowed to direct contributions to their own child (ie. to pay monthly dues).  However, a third party such as a friend, company,  grandparent, etc.  could direct their contribution directly to help support a specific child.  Among other things, donations also allow the organization to provide assistance to those kids who cannot afford dues, uniforms, entry fees, etc.

We hope this clarifies some of the questions regarding contributions.  Remember to contribute by year’s end if you wish to apply to your 2013 tax filing.

We’ve teamed up with Albertson’s, Fry’s Food Stores and United Way for donations. Donations keep our dues low and support the scholarship opportunities for our student athletes.

Donation via Albertsons. Ask a coach or board member for a Albertsons Community Partner key tag at the next practice or game. Each time a supporter shops and scans the key tag; the Tucson HEAT earns a percentage of their purchase. That’s it!

Support the Tucson HEAT by shopping at Fry’s Food Stores! To get started, sign up with your V.I.P. Card on www.FrysFood.com, and select the Tucson HEAT (80452) to support. Once you’re enrolled, you’ll earn rewards for our organization every time you shop and use your V.I.P. Card! Go to  Fry’s Community Rewards® for details. NOTE: This applies for all Kroger Stores. Have family out of state that shop at Ralph’s, Fred Meyer or Owen’s? Get them to sign up with the HEAT’s number (80452).

If your workplace participates in a United Way campaign, you can designate your pledge to the  Tucson HEAT through United Way’s Donor Choice Program. Contact your human resources department or local United Way agency for more detailed instructions about giving a to Tucson HEAT through a United Way campaign. Tucson HEAT’s United Way number is 1843.

Donate via United Way

We’ve teamed up with the United Way. If your workplace participates in a United Way campaign, you can designate your pledge to the  Tucson HEAT through United Way’s Donor Choice Program. Contact your human resources department or local United Way agency for more detailed instructions about giving a to Tucson HEAT through a United Way campaign. Tucson HEAT’s United Way number is 1843.

The Tucson HEAT is a non-profit club basketball team for boys and girls from grades 1-12. The purpose of the Tucson HEAT is to infuse, grow, and help develop the passion and love of basketball necessary for student-athletes to compete and reach their potential. Donations keep our dues low and support the scholarship opportunities for our student athletes.