About The Speaker
Udonis Haslem is a three-time NBA Champion and Co-Team Captain for the Miami HEAT. Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Udonis graduated from Miami Senior High School and played college basketball for the University of Florida, where he played for Coach Billy Donovan from 1998 to 2002. Since 2005, Udonis founded the Udonis Haslem’s Children’s Foundation whose mission is to promote youth development and self-confidence through programs and services designed to enable them to reach their full personal and educational potential. Every year, the foundation hosts its Annual Christmas Honor Roll event to recognize children from Miami-Dade public schools who have academically excelled despite their challenges and adversities. Always willing to give opportunities to those in need, Udonis partners with CareerSource Florida and the Employ Miami-Dade Project to hire and train those who are unemployed to work at his Starbucks and Einstein Bros. Bagels stores. In celebrating its opening on the JMH campus, Udonis also donated the initial profits from his stores to the Jackson Health Foundation. In 2016, Udonis was inducted into the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Sports Hall of Champions for his athletic accomplishments as the longest-tenured member in the Miami HEAT franchise. He is a proud husband to his wife Faith, and father to three sons, Kedonis, Elijah, and Josiah.