Pat Riley makes donation as Heat help renovate homes of military veterans that were affected by Hurricane Irma

Miami Heat NBA basketball team president Pat Riley talks to the media during a season ending press conference in Miami, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. (David Santiago/El Nuevo Herald via AP)

SALT LAKE CITY — As the Heat prepared to face the Jazz on the fifth stop of their six-game trip Friday, other members of the organization helped renovate the homes of two local veterans in Miami whose homes suffered damage from Hurricane Irma.

Former Heat stars Alonzo Mourning and Glen Rice were among those helping out Friday in honor of the organization’s Home Strong initiative for Veterans Day. The Heat aided former Marine rifleman Robert Jenkins and Reserves Medical Technician Archie Coats in funding the renovations for both homes including the installation of a new roof, flooring, toilets, light fixtures, interior/exterior painting, landscaping and new appliance installations.

As part of the Home Strong initiative, Heat president Pat Riley and his wife, Chris Riley, have committed to donating $25,000 apiece to both veterans. Pat and Chris previously pledged $1 million to Irma relief through their foundation, which is in addition to the $10 million pledged through the Heat Charitable Fund, Carnival Corporation and the Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation

“Hurricane Irma devastated our region and forever changed the lives of many residents,” Riley said in a statement released by the Heat. “But, through our most trying times, the true mettle of people shines through. Our South Florida community has rallied together to lift each other up in ways that speak to the compassion, love and resolve of our citizens. Chris and I want to do our part in extending a helping hand to our neighbors, particularly to Robert and Archie. These two men sacrificed for our country and we are forever grateful for their service.”

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