Miami Heat coach to give Philippines athletes NBA experience

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The Miami Heat and coach Erik Spoelstra are set to work with the state department in providing assistance to host 16 players and two coaches from the Philippines. 

The Philippines is still in the fallout from the typhoon that struck Southeast Asia in late 2013 and the Heat are now looking to do their part to help.

Plans have been made for the Heat to provide the group with basketball clinics, facility tours and even pre-game interaction with some of the Miami stars prior to their game with the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday.

Other events promoting community involvement, volunteerism, teamwork and youth development are also planned.

Spoelstra's mother was from the Philippines and the Miami Heat coach was a key figure in the fund raising efforts after the storm.

He served as a State Department sports envoy to the Philippines in 2009 and his commitment to helping the country has been unfailing since the tradgedy.

The group are planning to visit Washington after their stay in Miami

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