Shaq is helping a high school in Louisiana put in a new weight room
Shaquille O’Neal is putting his fame and fortune towards helping Lafayette High School in Louisiana raise money for a new weight room.
The former Phoenix Suns star and current NBA analyst for TNT played his college basketball at LSU in Baton Rouge, La.
He is assisting the South Louisiana Giving Day program to help raise the money for Lafayette’s $42,000 weight room project.
“Hello Mighty Lion boosters of Lafayette. I wanna wish you well with your fundraiser, but I may have a surprise for you. I’ll let you know. All you Lafayette High guys, students, work hard. You can be whatever you want to be. Alright. I’ll talk to you soon. Bye, bye,” said Shaq in a video he sent to Lafayette football coach William Pool.
The Giving Day event is scheduled for May 10, but donations are being accepted up and until that date.
“Shaq and our school board are making this a realistic goal for us,” Pool said.
The Lafayette Parish School System agreed to match $21,000 if the school could raise the other half of the money first.