Shaquille O’Neal paid a surprise visit to the kids in Gainesville, Florida who got on the news after a video of them playing basketball with a cop went viral. The cop who was called in to stop the “noisy” kids hit the internet.
Shaquille, who got wind of the video that has now amassed over four million views, took out time visit the Cop at the centre of the amazing act. Then he and several other officers headed for the neighborhood where the kids were playing.
Shaquille O’neal not only played with the kids, but gifted each one of them who made a free throw, $100 each. He also gave them an inspiring speech of how he made it to the top.
Here’s the secret that will change your life. Know how much money I made? $700million. I did it by listening to my peers, my mommy and daddy, and focusing on school. I grew up just like this and you could grow up to be whatever you want to be.”
He rounded up his visit by telling the kids to stay out of trouble and had them repeat these words: I will become whatever I want to be; I will be a leader and not a follower; I will respect my peers and my elders and especially my parents. Before taking his leave.
This is arguably the most inspiring news of the year so far and I’m super proud of the good police officers of Gainesville and Shaquille O’neal.
Check out photos from their session with Shaquille and watch the video here