Heat's Shane Battier Talks Battioke, Obama, and Multiple Championships
As you might have guessed, Miami Heat players are a cast of characters. So when the Heat's Shane Battier asked his teammates to perform for a good cause, he didn't have to do much persuading.
Shane Battier and his wife, Heidi
"It's hard to sell someone on getting onstage and putting themselves out there," Battier said during a recent talk with Riptide. "Luckily, I have great teammates that are a cast of characters and know how to have a good time."
Heat players and a number of special guests will "sing their hearts out" at the third-annual Battioke, taking place at the Fillmore Miami Beach Monday, January 27. The proceeds benefit the Take Charge Foundation, a charity founded by Battier and his wife, Heidi, that awards college scholarships to deserving at-risk high school students in Miami. Tickets cost $150 in advance and are available at takechargefoundation.org. It's a chance to get up close and personal with Heat players, coaches, and executives and see what they're like off the court. But it's not all fun and games.
"You gotta remember you are dealing with a bunch of highly competitive alpha males," Battier said. "They try to outdo each other. It makes for a very entertaining experience."
Here's what Battier told us about the event, the reigning NBA champions' White House visit, and how he became friends with The Hangover star Ken Jeong.
New Times: You once said taking a charge in a game requires good court vision, anticipation, and courage. How do you relate it to your work with the Take Charge Foundation?
Shane Battier: Taking a charge is an unselfish act that helps your team win. Many people consider it a passive play, but it isn't. It takes aggression and awareness to step in and do it right. What we try to do with the Take Charge Foundation is identify college kids who may be in difficult situations but have the aggression and awareness to try to change things.
What advice do you give kids involved in the charity and kids in general?
What we tell them when they earn the scholarships is that it's just the beginning. College is a time for learning and exploration, so they have to work hard to find themselves and succeed. It's also a time to enjoy life and get the most of every opportunity. If you want to learn to play the violin, learn to play the violin. If you want to join different clubs, join as many as you can, but still concentrate on your studies.