Shaquille O’Neal is widely known for being one of the biggest players to ever play in the NBA as well as the world.

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"If I see a kid, get them something" - Shaquille O'Neal shares heartwarming stories of giving gifts to children when he is out shopping 3

But one thing that is lesser known about “Shaq” is his equally big heart – the monster of a man is a gentle giant.

Shaq is regarded as one of the most loved basketball players ever because of his career that spanned over 19 years in the NBA. As a result, he still feels the love from his dedicated following even after more than a decade since he hung up his boots in 2011 as one of the best – and Shaq does his best to pay back the love.

O’Neal recently told People magazine: “I try to make every day a meaningful moment for a fan, and especially a kid.” The 50-year-old added: “My favorite thing to do is when I’m in Best Buy, Walmart, if I see a kid, get them something that I see he’s looking at.” “Shaq” recalled a recent instance and added: “”Oh, like yesterday I saw a couple kids. I bought a couple bikes, a couple more scooters.

However, the gentle giant is also a man who has the best interests for the children in his heart, as he does not want the children to get used to accepting gifts from strangers.

O’Neal always asks for parental approval before he gifts any child with a gift, as he justified: “I always tell them to ask their parents if they’re going to take things from strangers.” Shaq added to his heartwarming story by saying: “You don’t want kids to get used to having a stranger come up and say, ‘Hey, I got a lot of money. Can I buy you something?”

Shaq: A gentle giant and a man of charity

Other than being reputed for one of the toughest physical specimens to go up against in basketball history, Shaquille O’Neal has a reputation and a knack for charity.

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The Shaquille O’Neal Foundation makes it possible for several underprivileged children to make a career out of themselves. The foundation ensures that the underprivileged children develop to their full potential and collectively ends up shaping a brighter future for them.

The Foundation has several capital projects and annual programmes that help them achieve their mission to the fullest and also has several partners that work alongside them for the betterment of the youth.

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