Shaq Hosts “SHAQ-a-CLAUS” at Boys & Girls Club of Venice

Shaquille O’Neal, LA’s Legendary Man of Steel, Hosts “SHAQ-a-CLAUS” at Boys & Girls Club of Venice on Monday, December 23, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Former Los Angeles Lakers Center, NBA legend, and philanthropist Shaquille O’Neal will host SHAQ-a-CLAUS on Monday, December 23 at the Boys & Girls Club of Venice. As part of his longstanding dedication to advocating for youth development, the former All-Star has arranged for more than 300 kids to experience the ultimate holiday carnival amid “snowfall” in sunny California.

“Every kid deserves a memorable holiday season,” said the four-time NBA champion. ”The Boys & Girls Club of Venice serves as a home away from home for young people who need encouragement. Although there are no chimneys involved, SHAQ-a-CLAUS is definitely coming to town.”

Dating back to 1992, SHAQ-a-CLAUS has showered thousands of at-risk youths with gifts during the holiday season. O’Neal, who is a Boys & Girls Club alumnus, continues his long tradition of helping those in need.

An estimated 350 pre-registered Boys & Girls Club of Venice members will receive a JAKKS toy from Shaq-a-Claus, shoes from Crocs, support from Feed The Children, and lunch courtesy of Panda Express. Shaq has even paid to have the party dusted with snow.

“Shaquille O’Neal’s support for the Boys & Girls Club of Venice means the world to the kids who come through our doors each day,” said Monique Brandon, Executive Director of the Club.  “We salute his extraordinary generosity and applaud him for coming back to Los Angeles to spread hope and cheer.”

The Boys & Girls Club of Venice delivers exciting youth development programs in academic success, healthy lifestyles and good character and citizenship to more than 4,000 youths annually. (SOURCE Boys & Girls Club of Venice)