A team member of the NBA FIT initiative, Spoelstra takes pride in encouraging and educating children on the physical, mental and emotional benefits of healthy living, as well as motivating and inspiring their families to live healthier lives through a variety of events and activities. Additionally, he created “Spo’s Shooters”, in 2008 in conjuction with the Miami HEAT Community Education Ticket Program. This program reaches out to South Florida’s less fortunate student-athletes and gives them the opportunity to enjoy HEAT games and meet their favorite HEAT players and role models.
He has returned to the Philippines in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 to host clinics and promote education, health and wellness to thousands of at-risk youth through grassroots programs and events. The 9-day program in Manila in the summer of 2011 was the largest NBA FIT event ever hosted in Southeast Asia under the NBA Cares umbrella. In the summer of 2012, Coach Spoelstra expanded his reach into other Southeast Asia nations by conducting coaches clinics and other FIT activities in Singapore.