The Coaching Career of Miami’s Erik Spoelstra

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Erik Spoelstra
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A former associate director of admissions with Keiser University, Shelly Grant is a financial representative who is pursuing a law degree. When she isn’t busy working or studying, Shelly Grant enjoys following her favorite National Basketball Association (NBA) team, the Miami Heat.

The Heat have been coached by Erik Spoelstra since the 2008-09 season, and the University of Portland alumnus has led the team to a pair of championships in that time. He spent the previous 11 seasons as the team’s assistant coach. In his first year as head coach, Miami finished the season with a 43-39 win-loss record. The team reached the NBA Finals two seasons later after finishing the year with a record of 58-24, but lost to the Dallas Mavericks in six games. It rebounded by winning back-to-back championships in 2012 and 2013.

Now in his 10th season as the team’s head coach, Spoelstra has compiled a record of 446-289 and is widely regarded as one of the league’s best coaches. In the 2017 league-wide annual survey of general managers, Spoelstra was one of four bench bosses to receive votes as the NBA’s best coach. He also placed third in the category of best motivator and second in coaches with the most impressive defensive schemes.

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United Nations to Assist Haiti on Path to Sustainable Development

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Haiti
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The recipient of a master of business administration from St. Thomas University, Shelly Grant is a financial representative with Principal Financial Group who is also pursuing a law degree. Outside of her career-related endeavors, Shelly Grant enjoys helping people in need through international discipleship in countries such as Panama and Haiti.

As a member of the United Nations (UN), Haiti is working in compliance with the international organization’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in which its goals include reduced inequalities and access to quality education, among others. The UN agenda includes 17 central goals, one of which is to ensure the availability of clean water for all citizens. In early November, UN Special Envoy for Haiti Josette Sheeran and UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed visited the country for three days with a focus on lowering the frequency at which Haiti’s citizens contract cholera, an infectious disease caused primarily by drinking contaminated water.

During the visit, the two UN officials pledged to put an end to cholera and visited families affected by the disease that lacked access to clean water and sanitation services. In a High-Level Cholera Committee meeting, Mohammed expressed the immediate need for increased funding toward emergency response teams capable of treating individuals with cholera, and also stated the importance of providing comprehensive support to the country to address the root causes of the disease. At the onset of the health epidemic in 2010, there was an average of 18,000 new cases per week, and while that number has since fallen to 250 per week, significant work and resources will still be required to eliminate the disease.

Miami Heat Host 12th Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

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Miami Heat
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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.