Battioke 2015: Miami community unites for music charity

At first, Battioke looks like just one epic karaoke night for people to enjoy. To those who assume this, I say “you’re correct!” The Miami Heat’s Shane Battier threw the 4th annual Battioke this month at the Fillmore in Miami Beach.

It was an amazing turn out and the night went off without a hitch. Picture a room filled with celebrities and philanthropists singing, plus some of the Miami Heat players and special people like: Pat Riley, Erik Spoelstra, Nikki Sapp and Cuban-American singer, Jon Secada.

As a wealthy former athlete, Battier felt the need to give back to the community. He and his wife Heidi created their own organization called the “Take Charge Foundation.” It is an organization which assists kids who aren’t able to receive an education due to financial circumstances.

The Battiers’ charge is to encourage and inspire a new generation of potential leaders through educational opportunities and the cultivation of effective leadership skills, based on an article about Battiers’ foundation from the NBA. “We are proud that we have been able to engage our community and send brilliant young minds to colleges and universities through the fundraising efforts of South Beach Battioke. This will be our fourth year putting together the most authentic and entertaining event in South Florida. I am extremely thankful to the HEAT organization and everyone that supports us including my former teammates that come out and sing karaoke for charity,” said Battier.

The foundation, which partners locally with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami, encourages students to, in the words of Battier’s personal motto, “Do Well, Do Good.” Battier also said that his music career is really starting to take off. He stated that he is all over the board from Notorious B.I.G. to Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, Dave Matthews, Tupac and the list goes on!

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