ATLANTA (CNN/WIAT) — Friedman’s Shoe Store in Downtown Atlanta is well known for its large size shoes and customers. Shaquille O’Neal and his size 22 foot is one of them.
Shaquille O’Neal, NBA Star, said, “If they don’t come from Bruce and Friedman’s don’t show them to me.”Because of the specialty size, Shaq could relate when he heard of a 13-year-old wearing a size 18 shoe.
O’Neal explained, “[His] Mom couldn’t afford shoes. The kid had big feet and I just kind of reminisce back how that used to be me my mom and my dad.”
Our sister station, CBS46’s Sharon Reed arranged for O’Neal to meet 13-year-old Zach Keith. Zach was blown away to meet a basketball superstar.
Zach Keith, age 13, said, “I’m like oh my gosh like its really him.”
But more than just meeting him, O’Neal offered to buy the young man 10 pair of shoes.
Keith said, “Like woah. He wants to buy me shoes out of all people?”
Brittany Keith, Zach’s mother, stated, “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.”
O’Neal said, “I thought this was a good thing to do. Mom and kid plays basketball and Bruce did it for me and I just want to return the favor.”
Brittany Keith, said, “And for me it was just, it was very touching, very heartfelt and to know that there’s somebody out there that has his back.”