MIAMI (CBS4) – Because the Miami Heat are winning, one local school is also basking in the glory.

Students at Dunbar Elementary were pleased to learn Wednesday that their school was the lucky recipient of a brand new learn and play center, courtesy of the National Basketball Association.

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As part of their “NBA Cares” community outreach initiative, one school in each of the final team’s hometown is selected to receive a brand new state of the art learning room featuring new computers, a play area, and a library.

“The fact that we are riding the success story of the Miami Heat in the finals tells me that doing it for kids along side kids is a good thing,” said Miami-Dade School superintendent Alberto Carvalho.

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Heat forward Juwan Howard took time out of his busy practice schedule to go to the school for the unveiling.

“You never know what kind of an impact you can make on a child by showing them you love them,” said Howard.
The students couldn’t be happier.

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“This is a big opportunity for us,” said 5th grade student Tommy Collins. ”It means a lot.”