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WATCH: Heat's Spoelstra Films PSA for Philippines Typhoon Relief

The Heat and Spoelstra, a Filipino American, teamed up with UNICEF to raise relief funds

Thursday, Nov 14, 2013  |  Updated 11:07 AM EDT
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The Miami Heat has teamed up with UNICEF to raise money to help those affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Head coach Erik Spoelstra, a Filipino American, filmed a public service announcement for the relief effort, which the NBA released Wednesday night.

"We would like to extend our condolences to the victims in the Philippines, an area I hold close to my heart and have visited four times in the last five years," Spoelstra said in a statement released by the Heat.

"It is vitally important that we do everything possible to help those impacted by this tragedy. We value the many fans that we have over there, and we will keep them in our thoughts and prayers."

On Friday the Philippines were battered by the typhoon, leaving thousands dead and displacing hundreds of thousands more.

Spoelstra's mother is from the Philippines, and he has traveled there multiple times over the past few years to visit friends and family and participate in events organized by the NBA.

The PSA, in which Spoelstra explains how you can donate to relief efforts, can be viewed below. For more information on UNICEF's efforts in the Philippines, visit unicefusa.org/philippines.

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