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Basketball legend Shaquille O'Neal surprised a young fan by buying him 10 pairs of shoes after learning his mother couldn't afford the boy's sneakers.

Zach Keith is a 13-year-old basketball player in Georgia who wears a size 18 sneaker. Keith's mom couldn't afford her son's sneakers because they are hard to find.

Shaq could relate because he wears a size 22 shoe. Shaq heard about the teen's dilemma and he stepped in to help out.

"Mom couldn't afford shoes. The kid had big feet. I just kind of reminisced about how that used to be me, my mom and my dad," O'Neal told CBS Atlanta affiliate WGCL.

Shaq met Keith and his mom at his favorite shoe store Friedman's in downtown Atlanta.

Friedman's stocks extra large shoes for men who have trouble finding their shoe size in retail stores.

Shaq, who lives in a suburb of Atlanta, is a longtime friend of Freidman's owner, Bruce.

"If they don't come from Bruce and Freidman's don't show them to me," O'Neal told the station.

Shaq gifted Keith with 10 pairs of shoes and sneakers. He picked out different colors and styles of dress shoes for the grateful teenager.

"This will help a lot. I won't so much have to worry about buying him dress shoes," mom, Brittany Keith said. "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."

Keith said he was shocked to be in the same room with his idol.

"I'm like, 'Whoa, he wants to buy me shoes, out of all people?'" he told WGCL.

Shaq said he was inspired to give back after Bruce told him about Keith and his mom.

"I thought this was a good thing to do. Kid plays basketball, and Bruce did it for me, and I just want to return the favor."

  • Renee26

    Touching story! Size 18 at 13yrs old...I hope the store owner will continue to give this family help in the form of future discounts.... Cause he will surely keep growing and not be able to fit those 10 pair for long.

  • Gamer?? Chick

    Nice!

  • luVn_liFe…

    that's nice of Shaq.

  • luVn_liFe…

    has anyone seen the gawd awful pictures of baby Maleah when she was hospitalized with her eyes swole shut and head disfigured :-(

  • Clopretty

    No!! Where is this? smh

  • Clopretty

    I love this! super sweet.

  • Soda

    ?Shaq!

  • luVn_liFe…

    i seen it in twitter.. very heartbreaking

  • Chaseboogie The Prince

    Way to go Shaq!!!! Keep giving back!

  • Kanyade
  • Clopretty

    Wow!!! I just seen it that's terrible!! Sooo doesn't look like injuries from a fall! How is the baby eyes swollen shut like that! :( Heart breaking! It looks like she was beaten.

  • XoXo

    Finally, a positive post! Go Shaq!

  • luVn_liFe…

    badly.. im crushed to know and see that someone would beath this baby like this.. dafugg is wrong with people! the mammy and step need their @$$ beat!

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    Just Beautiful Shaq!!!

  • Karen Brady

    I'm tearing up and I'm not playing. Thank you Shaq.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Shaq does this all the time ... reminds me of Tyler Perry ... no comparison by the way ..... both Givers ..... Much love to Shaq!!!!! Gave my daughter school everyone backpacks ... Shaq rocks ....!!!!

  • jeniefrumdabloc™
  • hottlanta

    Mom b dad needs 2 die n l dont wish death on nobody.

  • Junkanoo

    Right on ...... That young man will be telling this story to his grand kids if he decides to have any kids . More feel good stories like this are needed

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Freidman stay in business because of folks like Shaq ...... Been in business for years for big feet people !!!! Quality top notch shoes .... That store is a landmark in da A ..... Folks should check it out!!!!!!! Italian stylish shoes you name it he got da size or will get it for ya!!!!

  • Alextra Ballard

    A very positive,uplifting thread...I can dig it!!!

  • xenaD

    Beautiful and believable story! Go shaq..

  • ShadesofEMPRESS

    Beautiful deed.

  • jujumanji

    That's wonderful

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    A great story!

  • MJF

    Thank Jesus for a truly positive post. This is amazing!

  • Dahl

    That’s great of Shaq. Much success to that young man...

  • Nina Ross

    Wonderful!!??????

  • Nina Ross

    Wonderful!!??????

  • Real Talk With Kizzy Rock

    I LOVE Shaq! His energy is amazing and he has an authentic spirit! ! May God CONTINUE to bless him

  • KLove

    I like Shaq....as goofy as he is LOL

  • KLove

    and i thought i had it bad...i was wearing a 13 at 12....i wear 14 now and its really hard to find my size in a retail store...most stop at 13...so i feel his pain

  • C0rTnEy

    God bless all involved! I like to see good new post!

  • KLove

    The first pair of dress shoes i bought for myself came from Friedmans....LMAOOOOO you couldnt tell me i wasnt the shit with them blue horse hair loafers!!!! I had got my first office job and wanted to come thru fly on em lmaooooooooo....i was only 19

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Ghetto.

    Two pairs of shoes would have been enough but it's Shaq's money.

  • PrettyNetty28

    Right!

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    This made me smile so hard. How awesome that Shaq would step in like that. I bet that young man will be forever grateful. So cool!

  • xenaD

    Maybe he bought two or 3 sizes up for next summer

  • CardiB’sAbs

    Where is the dad? Why couldn’t she afford the shoes? She didn’t plan ahead? Being broke with kids is irresponsible.

  • AveIvy

    That's wonderful. It's nice to see someone be a blessing in another person's life.

  • Chicagowise

    I would like to do something similar for people looking for work or school children with good grades. So far, I haven't figured out how to how to facilitate this plan. I don't know how it works in other states, but Illinois' public aid program doesn't help people find work and that's everything you need to know about welfare.

  • Prettybrowneyes

    Ghetto? He's probably not going to grow anymore so all the shoes will last througout high school. The mom has not bought him dress shoes in 4 years because of his size. Atlanta+black+shoes doesn't =ghetto. This young man has a future sir. Be blessed and positive, I know it's a struggle ?

  • Topic Influencer

    What is ghetto? He (Shaq) said his family had the exact struggle and he can relate directly.

  • Listen2Me

    2? Really? And those would last how long if you’re wearing them every other day?

  • BythegraceofGodIcanexplain

    Shallow. Why are you trying to make single moms feel unfortunate on a positive post?? You're throwing stones and hiding your hand. Do some research ...

  • Wreckognize Game

    Shaq is always sharing with people.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Ignore the queen of bitter!

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Good job Shaq!

  • Bonita

    I'm trying to comprehend what's so "ghetto" about this story too?

  • Bonita

    I thought the same thing. Refreshing read.

  • BythegraceofGodIcanexplain

    Ignore hateful ignorance.

  • BythegraceofGodIcanexplain

    I couldn't believe it. I thought it was a trick..

  • Jennifer

    There are plenty of resources for this in DuPage County, but I'm not sure about Cook.

    I'd like to start a walking group for Black & Latina women over 250lbs. After being a lifelong 18/20-26/28 & losing100lbs and keeping it off, I want to help other women who think "this is just how I was made to be" realize thats not necessarily true and they can do it! Walking at least 30min a day and cutting back on the carbs truly is the cure to obesity.

  • CardiB’sAbs

    Are you new? Sweetie, the research is that you hoes are irresponsibly breeding. Breeding and broke. I know this is the baby mama blog. I’ll always ask questions when actions don’t make sense. You bring a kid into this world you should be able to protect it and provide for it. What’s shallow about that?

  • Prettybrowneyes

    I usually do but I couldn't on this positive, pay it forward story. Not taking this joy away ?

  • BythegraceofGodIcanexplain

    I'm married for one thing. Second you have issues within yourself blaming it own others. Third, I have no single mommie issues that you are insinuating to make yourself feel good. Finally, you are part of the problem. Seek therapy, you seem to need it.

  • CardiB’sAbs

    ????? idk wtf you’re talking about. Stop projecting onto me with arguments that make no sense. Take your raggedy ass on somewhere else. Bye B!tch

  • BythegraceofGodIcanexplain

    Shaq is that you? Well, Good Job.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    I know this is the baby mama blog
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    ?? https://media2.giphy.com/media/WuGSL4LFUMQU/giphy.gif

  • BythegraceofGodIcanexplain

    You're all the way gone. So there is no sense with arguing with you. For the love of God please, please get some help. I'm not trying to be funny either.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Buying ten pairs of shoes at once is a ghetto mentality.

  • Zeta Aggie

    Actually it’s not that difficult to do on a one on one basis. Just hang out at Walmart about a month before school starts. Look at what mom and kids are wearing and listen to their conversation. It’s heartbreaking. I’ve given a mom money to take her girls to my stylist, bought nice backpacks for strangers in the store and bout a few outfits for and Christmas gifts for some parents for their kids. Try Nextdoor/ people in your area sometimes post when they need help especially during the holidays . Anything helps.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Then buy them as he needs them.
    He will probably sell a pair or two because Shaq bought them for him.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    LOL

  • Zeta Aggie

    Smdh go away

  • Blaque Mahogany

    I'm here for it!

    Contrary to popular belief, a lot of working class people are impoverished and living paycheck to paycheck. You can do everything right and still struggle.

    Sneakers are expensive. I remember when I had to replace a pair of my brother's Jordans because my dog destroyed them. He only wears a size 15 and that hurt my soul...and I'm not struggling.

  • CardiB’sAbs

    You’re still here huh?

  • CardiB’sAbs

    Welp ?????

  • CardiB’sAbs

    Nope

  • Bonita

    lol

  • Listen2Me

    It's not just ghetto mentality though. I'm not sure if you live near a Dillards but if so, go there on January 1st (they have a major shoe sale every January 1st) you will see women of all races buying 10+ pair of shoes.
    If you can afford it....why not?
    But of course you're entitled to your feelings, not trying to change how you feel, just presenting a different perspective.

  • BythegraceofGodIcanexplain

    Leave people alone on here.You can think whatever you want about me, feel free. I just hate seeing my people turn on one another from people like you trying to make them feel less fortunate. Now I'm really going to help them out even more. Thank you

  • BythegraceofGodIcanexplain

    Get behind me.

  • SG

    This is awesome!! ??

  • HoneyHitchcock

    Nice!

  • Listen2Me

    I ?? these type of stories. You’ll just don’t know how kids pick on other kids because of their clothing.

  • Alicia.Ashe

    Awesome

  • BlockingTrollsAllYearLong

    EIGHTEEN?!
    TWENTY TWO?!

  • CardiB’sAbs

    That’s a strange request.

  • GinJen
  • http://WwwKizzyRock.com disqus_WiqwCmKEqO

    Exactly why God keeps blessing him??

  • Topic Influencer

    How you plan ahead for your kid to have specially made/ordered shoes? That's like saying be sure to plan ahead for your kid to wear a helmet. Become ill.

    Like really?

  • Panther Charleston

    ?

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Keep it up sis! EXTREMELY proud of you!!!

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs
  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    I LOVE THIS GIF!!! It just gives you warm and fuzzies https://media2.giphy.com/media/RIuHHNa7UgFKo/giphy.gif

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    I cant with her story anymore because I am just saving my energy for when I read the headlines that her body has been found and the DEAD BEAT mom and stepdad are being charged?

  • Topic Influencer

    They aren't regular shoes.

  • MNjumpoffacliff

    I love Shaquille for always giving back.

  • Chocolate

    Whoa! I dated a guy with size 16s and those were major...cant imagine an 18 or 22!
    I do remember when mini me took a pic inside Shaq’s shoe tho RIP

    This was so nice of Shaq ??

  • Seldomseen

    You could partner with schools, church, women’s shelters.

  • Bree

    It's possible. Go to the public schools and get in contact with their social workers and/or case managers. They should have a list of kids who are At Risk. I use to give a few of my students lunch money because they didn't have any. I would always tell them not to tell anyone because I could lose my job. Some social workers and/or case managers do very little to provide resources in schools because they are lazy and because they are too busy saving the schools money. Once that school term ends, that money goes into that school's account. That's like the rich staying rich. Big corporations make donations for tax write off purposes every year.

  • Pamela

    Good for you. Preserve as much joy in your life as possible.

  • Pamela

    Why do you assume that?

  • luVn_liFe…

    Stepdad of missing girl Maleah Davis
    hasn’t showed up to work at PharMEDium in a week, his coworker tells me.
    Darion Vence was sent home because he was vomiting last week. He was
    officially “home with the flu” by Friday. This week he isn’t answering
    calls about absence.

  • the guest

    This story is so beautiful it made me cry.

  • morenYAHdelsur

    LMBO! Dang cuh. What’s ghetto about him buying more than two pairs ?

  • morenYAHdelsur

    Great ?? priorities for a 19 year old!

  • Shamwow

    https://media1.giphy.com/media/W8HgO7BdG851K/giphy.gif They need to let this lying bytch sit in jail, since that’s where he’s headed anyway.

  • iWasteTime

    What a great gesture. With all the things you prepare for as a parent, your 13 year old having size 18 shoe isn't one of them.
    Here I am complaining about a 9 year old in a 7, some shoes a 7 is still a child size and price and others it's mens ...

  • Ms. Cree

    Shaq has always been nice.

  • sunni_daze

    Kindness is key.

  • tintin

    two pair of shoes.
    i ain't got it like that financially but i have way more than two pairs. The more shoes you have the less chance of them damaging quickly. make sense.

  • ATL White Guy

    Shaq does a lot of goofy things, but he is always willing to help people. Kudos to him. He never stalks around looking angry and mean, is willing to laugh at himself, and has a great heart.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    There's a big difference between buying your own shoes and supposedly giving to someone in need.

    Would it make sense to buy ten pairs of jeans all the same size at one time?

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    He has a future until he gets injured and massa says he can't play any more.

    That's another thing black parents put all of their eggs in one basket and don't try to develop the academic side of their children.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    LOL

    That makes no sense.

  • ALLMINE?

    Girl what kinda man did u sleep with? Where is the father?

  • CardiB’sAbs

    By saving your your money and working as many hours and jobs that are required.

  • CardiB’sAbs

    I asked the same thing.

  • deidre martin
  • CardiB’sAbs

    Do folks not believe in preparing for emergencies? Do folks not believe in setting savings aside?

  • deidre martin

    why is it ghetto in his scenario but lavish when yt woman going on shopping sprees?

  • CardiB’sAbs

    Lololol

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Have you ever ever bought ten pairs of shoes at once?

    Why are you buying a poor person more than one article of clothing at a time?

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    The kid isn't buying the shoes with his own money.
    As an adult with children Shaq should know that kids keep growing and sometime out grow their clothes and someone who is poor doesn't need ten copies of the same article of clothing.

  • Russiancreme

    Shaq bout as big as they come and this 13 yo almost as big as him. Hopefully, he stay focused and we get to see him ball professionally one day... Yall see that gun on Shaq hip?

  • Renee26

    Well well well... I'm surprised you only went up one more size. I hope you can still find stylish good quality shoes when you do find them.

  • xenaD

    I don’t know. 10 pairs for a growing 13 year old doesn’t make sense. How doesn’t buying up make sense ?

  • Logan Roberts

    I love a cheerful giver. Shaq & Tyler Perry are the best.

  • ShWa

    very nice of Shaq to do that!

  • jwoo250

    Guilt eating at his ass. That just tell you what kind of person he is right there. He really thought he was just gone ease right back into work huh?? lmao He probably committed suicide or something. Hopefully not so she can get justice for what he did to her. And that mama hiding some secrets too.

  • ?? Kari ?????????

    Nice!!

  • NewNew

    For some reason this made me emotional. What a wonderful thing to do for this youmg man. Kudos to you Shaq.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    You just explained why--because he's a GROWING 13 y/o.

  • Topic Influencer

    How do we know his academic side is not being developed? So many assumptions here and I hate that.

  • KLove

    I can....they just have to be ordered...no instant gratification for me

  • xenaD

    Meaning he won’t fit 6 of the 10 pairs by winter. So wat r we talking about here

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Which means it was a waste of money.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Don't read my posts then.

    *blocked*

  • che’lint

    Me too! Hey now! Have a wonderful weekend. =)

  • xenaD

    O I thought u meant wat I said made no sense..

  • Michelle

    #TeamShaq

  • Renee26

    That's good ?

  • Applebum

    I don’t even use this word but I can’t stand this c00n. Ugh!

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    You too??

  • ClaireHuxtable

    The Dad could be disabled or dead.
    My friend's dad died when he was 5 months old. Even though they had insurance, medical bills still left them in debt.

  • Chicagowise

    Thank you. Monday, I'm going to contact a few public schools and inquire about ways to help at risk students! Thank you for that suggestion!

    Sometimes, a new pair of shoes can make a big difference in child's life.

    I used to give clothes, shoes, dishes, furniture, etc., to the Salvation Army, until I caught two employees dividing my donations between the two of them.

  • Chicagowise

    I just want to be sure the people I want to help, are actually receiving my donations.

  • Chicagowise

    A women's walking group is a fantastic idea! A lot of women don't feel safe exercising outdoors, alone.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    I saw & actually bought back an item inadvertently donated.

  • Chicagowise

    So far, I've been able to avoid that mistake. LOL

  • CardiB’sAbs

    True.

  • Bree

    You're welcome. I'm not a big fan of donating to different places because I found that even food banks take the goods and disburse the rest to the needy. I am more hands on. I think your desire is amazing and I pray God honors and orders your steps to the right places!

  • Kimocha

    That was sooo nice & thoughtful of Shaq!... I'm loving him for this!