With a net worth bigger than his 7-foot-1 frame, NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal could buy really anything he wants. Fancy cars, big houses, some ridiculous jewelry, nothing is off limits. But if you know anything about the Hall of Famer, you understand he loves to give back and help whenever he can. This is another act of kindness.
Earlier this month, Brittany Keith went to social media asking for help, really any help at all. You see, her 13-year-old son, Zach Keith, is a growing boy and his foot seemingly grows by the day. He already wears a size 18 shoe and it’s tough for Brittany to find and even afford shoes that big at times. So she reached out for any kind of assistance and that’s when Shaq came through in the clutch.
A man who knows all about big feet — having a size 22 himself — Shaq stepped in and bought 10 pairs of shoes for the young Georgia teen at Friedman’s Shoes in downtown Atlanta while also giving Zach Keith a little extra spending cash and his personal cell phone number.
It was all captured live on CNN affiliate WGCL-TV.
This wasn’t some random shopping spree, though. Shaq went to the one shoe store he’s always gone to. When Shaq was a young boy, in a similar situation to Zach Keith, store owner Bruce Teilhaber gave the basketball superstar a free pair of shoes for his prom.
“This will help a lot. I won’t so much have to worry about buying him dress shoes. He hasn’t had a pair of dress shoes in about four or five years because it’s been hard trying to find the ones that actually fit,” Brittany Keith said.
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For those who said they would help me share this here it is: I’m a single parent of a 13 year old who wears a size 18 shoe. He plays basketball and football for J.W. Stewart Middle School and will be attending Douglas County High School in the fall. It’s hard finding shoes and cleats in his size let alone being able to afford them at times. He’s almost in a size 19 and I need help. If you can do anything to help I will be so appreciative. @nike @atlantafalcons @atlhawks @fox5atlanta @adidas @puma @reebok @newbalance @nba @nfl @jumpman23 @11alive @cbs46 @wsbtv @officialeastbay @champssports @footlocker @dickssportinggoods
Zach Keith plays basketball and football for J.W. Stewart Middle School and will attend Douglas County High School this fall. The Atlanta teen with large feet will definitely have some good shoes in his own specialty size for the years to come.
This is just another example of what makes Shaquille O’Neal so special.