The Minnesota Heat organization began in 2005 as a program which gave boys, regardless of their ability level, a chance to play competitive basketball in the fall and spring seasons. Over time, the program has evolved to provide access to participation regardless of ability level, gender or economic status. In 2012, the program has almost 80 teams, including 10 girls’ teams, which were incorporated during the spring 2012 season. Teams are composed of players from communities across the Twin Cities Metro, with some participants coming from greater Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. The Minnesota Heat believes every child should be included and given the chance to play and this spirit has contributed to the Heat growing into one of the largest youth fitness-based organizations in the state.