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Miami Heat News: Heat Announce Juneteenth Will Be Permanent Paid Team Holiday
- Updated: June 18, 2020
The Miami Heat are making a stronger effort when it comes to awareness of African-American concerns by designating the unofficial holiday of Juneteenth as a permanent paid day off for their employees.
The Heat not only are making Friday a paid holiday for employees, but are making Juneteenth a permanent paid team holiday going forward.
— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) June 18, 2020
Juneteenth will take place on Friday, with the date having gained much greater awareness over the past month in the wake of numerous instances of racial strife. The day is meant to not only recognize the end of slavery in the United States, but to celebrate that fact as well.
The Heat are hoping that their employees will not only learn more about the issues connected to systemic racism but also have conversations with others about the problem itself.
Prior to this announcement, the Heat have taken significant steps since the May 25 death of George Floyd, with Spoelstra and veteran Udonis Haslem among the most prominent voices heard.
In the midst of the current turmoil, the Heat and 21 other NBA teams are set to begin preparations to resume the 2019-20 NBA season that was abruptly suspended on March 11 due to the coronavirus.
At the time of the suspension of play, the Heat had the fourth-best record in the Eastern Conference with a 41-24 record. The Heat are hoping to go deep into this postseason, having not reached the NBA Finals since 2014.