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BIG Shaq Teams up with Local Police Officer to Play Neighborhood Boys in Basketball



A few days ago, the Gainesville Police Department received a complaint that children were loudly playing basketball in the street. An officer responded to the scene to assess what was taking place. As the kids playing their game stopped to acknowledge the arrival, Officer White responded to them. When he got the ball… he shot for two. He said he would come back with back up to play again with the neighborhood kids.

When the officers were gathered together, for what they assumed was a brief about setting up the rematch, everyone was surprised as to who the actual “back-up” was that arrived. Former NBA player, Shaquille “Shaq” O’Neal, walked into the muster room to ride along for the game himself.


When the multiple squad cars arrived, along with another vehicle, the neighborhood kids were just as surprised as the officers were when O’Neal walked up to them. Not a moment was wasted and the games continued. O’Neal ended the game by speaking to all of the kids and telling them to repeat after him, “I will become whatever I want to be. I will be a leader and not a follower. I will respect my peers, my elders, and especially my parents”.

What started as one act of kindness by one Gainesville Officer, has not only caused Shaquille O’Neal to take notice, but now many others are being challenged to simply respond in these moments. Allow the world to catch you in the act of carrying out a link of kindness and watch how many will be encouraged. Watch the very game take place, see the surprised look on the officer’s faces, as well as the kids playing their own game with Shaquille O’Neal, and so much more. Also shared in this segment: law enforcement officers, COPS, #linksofkindness, and humor. Greg and John shared in this segment.

Screen Capture from youtube.com/Gainesville Police Department



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