Miami Heat, Verizon honor pastor who donates season tickets to families in need

MIAMI (WSVN) - Former basketball player and Miami Heat legend Alonzo Mourning honored a South Florida pastor, Thursday.

Mourning and representatives from Verizon were on hand to deliver 11 smart devices to season ticket holder Johnny Barber at his Miami Gardens home.

“We will be teching out your home,” said Mourning. “Obviously, we will have someone come and install it all for you.”

Barber, who is also a pastor at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, consistently donates his tickets to families who would not otherwise be able to attend Heat games. He is also heavily involved in working within the Miami community.

“The Heat told us what a great community member that you are, and we are so excited to bring you all this tech,” said a Verizon representative to Barber. “This is for entertainment, energy efficiency, safety. We will come in and get you all set up with these products, so you can have some fun and really enhance your home.”

“I was not expecting all of this, the gifts,” Barber said, “got an autographed ball from Alonzo Mourning, got autographed pictures, and of course, Burnie is here, the extreme team is here. No, I wasn’t expecting all of this.”

After posing for a few pictures, Barber was asked if he was going to attend the Heat’s upcoming game, Sunday at 1 p.m.

“Actually, my service ends at 12:30 p.m., so I can get right from church to the game,” he said.

Barber was supposed to be honored in December, but he was carjacked on Dec. 21. Two armed men in hoodies approached him outside of his church in Miami and took off with his SUV.

The two subjects were caught less than two hours later.

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