Miami Heat Host 12th Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

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Miami Heat

For more than four years, Shelly Grant has served Principal Financial Group as a financial representative. In addition to volunteering to help those in need, Shelly Grant spends her free time traveling, playing tennis, and cheering on the Miami Heat.

In an effort to give back to fans and the local community, the Miami Heat organization oversees various outreach programs and activities off the court. Each year, the team also hosts a number of community events, including its Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration.

In October 2017, the Miami Heat celebrated the event’s 12th year with activities at Doral Legacy Park, a new 18-acre space that hosts sports, arts, and nature offerings for children and families in Doral, Florida. During the 12th Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration, elementary students from Doral and neighboring communities had the opportunity to join Goran Dragic, Hassan Whiteside, Dion Waiters, and other Heat players for a basketball clinic, arts and crafts activities, and games.

The event also featured dance studio lessons from Miami Heat dancers and appearances by the Heat Xtreme Team and the Heat mascot, Burnie. Others in attendance included the Heat’s Spanish radio broadcaster and the City of Doral’s mayor.


The Miami Heat Sign Forward Kelly Olynyk as a Free Agent

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Kelly Olynyk

Leveraging over a decade of experience in the financial sector, Shelly Grant serves as a financial representative of the Principal Financial Group. Based in Florida, Shelly Grant is a passionate fan of the Miami Heat professional basketball team.

The Heat missed the National Basketball Association (NBA) playoffs for just the third time in 14 seasons last year, but the team has taken steps to improve its chances of reaching the postseason in 2017-2018. One of the team’s biggest moves in the offseason was signing forward Kelly Olynyk as an unrestricted free agent. He became available after the Boston Celtics acquired Gordon Hayward. It was announced that Olynyk had signed a four-year, $50 million contract with the Heat.

A native of Toronto, Canada, Olynyk was the 13th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft and has averaged 9.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game during his four seasons with the Celtics. An adept three-point shooter, he made 41 percent of his attempts from beyond the three-point line in 2015-2016, a career high. Over the course of his career, he has a three-point completion rate of 37 percent. He had a career-best performance in Game 7 of last year’s first-round playoff series as he led the Celtics with 26 points, 14 of which he scored in the fourth quarter.

Cooking Tender and Flavorful Lamb Chops

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Lamb Chops

Shelly Grant serves as a representative with the Principal Financial Group. An avid cook in her free time, Shelly Grant particularly enjoys preparing lamb chops.

The ideal lamb chop is crisp on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside, and enriched with a little bit of soft fat. One can achieve this delicate balance using oven, stovetop, or grill techniques, so long as the cut of meat is of high quality. Experts recommend a thick cut of 1.25 inches to 1.4 inches per chop, preferably taken from the loin or rib area.

Many cooks like to begin by cutting off hard fat around the edge of the chops, though it is important not to remove the internal fat deposits. These keep the cut from becoming too chewy after cooking. Texture and flavor also improve if the cook salts the pork chops approximately 20 minutes before cooking, as this helps to break down the meat proteins so that they re-absorb released moisture.

Some believe that roasting before searing helps to ensure an even rare-to-medium cook. On the grill, this means splitting the grill into low and high heat zones and starting the chops on a cooler temperature before moving them to the hotter area.

Other cooks prefer to sear the chops on the stove top first. They can then finish the cuts on the stove for a rarer finish or move them to the oven for a more medium-rare result. The chops are then ready to serve, often with a mint sauce or mint jelly to finish.

Miami Heat Powers Local Community Benefits

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Miami Heat

Actively involved in bettering her community, Shelly Grant provides wealth-building expertise at the Principal Financial Group. In her spare time, Shelly Grant is an avid fan of the NBA’s Miami Heat, which also prides itself on civic action.

Now in its 21st year, the Miami Heat Charitable Fund sponsors several social-action entities, such as the Holtz Children’s Hospital, the Guardian Angels, the Miami Coalition for a Safe and Drug-Free Community, and the Jackson Memorial Fund. The Heat fund also backs college scholarships and afterschool academic-assistance efforts, and helps veterans readjust to home after service in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Several special events raise money for these and other causes. For instance, the Miami Heat Family Festival brings together parents and team members for a carnival. Leading restaurants set up a food court and local celebrities join for a concert.

The Heat Scramble Golf Classic takes place on top-flight courses; this year’s event promises to be the biggest ever, with appearances by current Heat players.

Another big event is the Annual Toy and Food Drive. It benefits a Liberty City food pantry that serves more than 1,000 people each day. Toys are given to at-risk youth throughout the area.

Working alongside the Charitable Fund is the Miami Heat Family Charity Group, which includes wives of active team personnel and the mothers and families of players. The latter group assists agencies such as SafeSpace, for persons who have experienced domestic violence.v

Hunger in Haiti



Shelly Grant, a law student and financial representative with the Principal Financial Group, pursues her passion for serving others by doing missionary work in Haiti and Panama. Shelly Grant is deeply involved in antihunger causes through her church, where she holds a leadership role.

Haiti is the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. Its poverty arises from a combination of political instability, natural disasters, and environmental problems. For example, in 2010, a massive earthquake hit Haiti, resulting in hundreds of thousands of deaths and injuries. Currently, more than half of Haitians live in poverty.

In 2016, food insecurity in Haiti is worse than it has been since the early 2000s. According to the United Nations, the problem stems largely from environmental factors linked to El Niño-associated warming that has killed many Haitian crops. In the years before the severe El Niño of 2016, Haitian agricultural productivity was already on the decline.

The productivity slump has caused malnutrition to spike substantially. Food scarcity encourages increases in food prices, which already account for over half of Haitian families’ spending.

Three Spots to Visit in Ireland

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Kylemore Abbey

Shelly Grant is a financial representative with the Principal Financial Group. In that capacity, she utilizes her presentation skills and broad experience to attain her sales goals in the competitive financial industry. When she has leisure time, Shelly Grant loves to travel to various destinations throughout the world.

Ireland offers a wealth of history, scenery, and culture to visitors. With so many places to see, however, choosing where to start can be daunting. With that in mind, the following three spots rank high on many lists of recommendations.

Kylemore Abbey. During World War I, refugee nuns from Belgium took up residence at Kylemore Castle, and it was subsequently dubbed Kylemore Abbey. Apart from its storied history, the building itself is a testament to early 20th-century architecture and has been well-preserved.

The Ring of Kerry. Perhaps Ireland’s most picturesque and often-traveled trail, the Ring of Kerry passes through the Beara Peninsula, Killarney National Park, and Kerry Way, which provide some of the country’s most majestic landscapes.

The Cliffs of Moher. These are one of Ireland’s most popular tourist stops. Home to a breathtaking coastal trail formed by river waters some 320 million years ago, the cliffs rise 214 meters above the Atlantic Ocean and stretch from Doolin to Hags Head.

Heat Interested in Derrick Rose?

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Derrick Rose

Shelly Grant holds a master of business administration with a specialization in international business. Working in financial services, she has built a successful career in sales and management. Outside of her professional life, she is an avid fan of the Miami Heat basketball team.

The Miami Heat just missed out on drafting Derrick Rose in 2008 with the No. 2 pick, because the Chicago Bulls took him first overall. Eight years later, it appears the Heat may be in the market for Rose’s services once again.

According to reports from multiple media outlets, the Bulls are looking to trade Rose. Even though he had a relatively healthy year, the management in Chicago seems ready to move on. Jason Lieser of the Palm Beach Post reports that the Heat have emerged as one of the primary trade destinations for Rose.

With the team potentially facing a major shakeup in free agency, the Heat are apparently considering the Rose trade as a means of restocking roster talent should the cupboard suddenly become bare.