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It’s been quite some time since Shaquille “Shaq” O’Neal played basketball, but since he retired from the game he’s spent his time in various business and charity ventures. One of his greatest passions is his yearly “Shaq-A-Claus” event put on by The Shaquille O’Neal Foundation, where thousands of toys, meals, and clothes are distributed to needy children in cities across America.

This year was no different, with his foundation teaming up with Pepsi and Frito-Lay among others to bring joy to more kids over the holiday season. On a recent episode of The Gary Vee Audio Experience, Shaq highlighted that his connections at Nintendo and Sony let him secure 1,000 Nintendo Switches and 1,000 PlayStation 5s for underprivileged kids.


“I call, you know, my friend from [Nintendo], got about 1,000 [Nintendo Switches] sitting there, got about 1,000 PS5s, I went to Walmart and got bikes,” Shaq said on the podcast. “So, you know, yesterday, at this little elementary school in McDonough, Georgia, kids were crying, kids were happy, and that’s what it’s all about.”


It’s awesome that, even with such a supply shortage of these consoles, Shaq was able to secure so many for kids who might not get anything else on Christmas.



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Written by Bryan Finch

A video editor by trade, Bryan Finch is a lifetime Nintendo fan, and he loves writing about his passions. He also spends too much time playing and watching fighting games. Bryan enjoys​​ movies, comics, cooking with his wife, and the idea of Elite Beat Agents 2.