Mission Statement:
To provide a competitive swim team where participants can select from several levels of competitive intensity. This program shall be safe, educational, and enjoyable while providing for the participant's personal improvement. The team will also develop within its swimmers high levels of self-discipline and fitness, and foster the character development values of honesty, caring, respect, and responsibility for the program, coaches, parents, other teams, and each other.

The Heat is a charter club of USA Swimming/Illinois Swimming and a YMCA affiliated team. Swimmers attend USA Swimming and YMCA meets. Locally, the team is a program of the Champaign County YMCA.

As a USA Swimming team, all athletes are required to hold current memberships. All coaches must also be USA members and have certifications in First Aid, CPR, and Coaches Safety Training.

As a YMCA team, athletes each hold a membership in the YMCA and are eligible to attend YMCA local, district, and national meets.