Students and teachers cheered with excitement as Miami Heat legends Alonzo Mourning and Tim Hardaway battled it out game show style at AmericanAirlines Arena Tuesday, all in the spirit of Black History Month.
“Black history, we got it for a month but we got it year round,” said Hardaway.
In the 4th annual Miami Heat Black History Month Challenge, students from South Dade Senior High and Miramar High tested their knowledge of African-American history for a chance to win a $4,000 grant and tickets to an upcoming Heat game.
This year, South Dade came out on top.
“I think it’s very important for my generation to know about the African American history because if it wasn’t for our ancestors we wouldn’t have all the stuff that we have," said South Dade Senior High student Londra Simmons.
“We thought we were confident but we realized how much we don’t know but it was a pleasure to learn and understand so much," said Chitra Gotluru, from Miramar High.
Miami Heat courtside reporter Jason Jackson hosted the Black History Challenge and says it wasn’t about winners or losers.
“If you don’t learn your history, you're doomed to repeat it as the saying goes and it's great that these young young people who have no personal experience with those atrocities realize that they exist and realize they should never ever happen again," Jackson said.
The event was just a part of the Heat’s on going celebration of Black History Month but for both schools this was another memorable chapter in their school’s history.