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Shaquille O’Neal plans to open free children’s hospital

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With so many stories around about sport stars doing stupid, selfish things, it is nice to report on the exact opposite.

There are few more iconic figures in sport over the last 20 years than former LA Lakers star Shaquille O'Neal – his larger than life personality means he is one of those names known by everybody and not just fans of basketball.

He produced some great moments on the court and was always known as a bit of a prankster and a colourful clown off it but he seems serious about his latest incredible act of generosity.

While being inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, Shaq announced that he plans to open up a children's hospital that would be free for families unable to pay for care.

"I wasn’t supposed to announce this, but I’m going to do it anyway," said O'Neal.

"I had a talk with the powers that be in Baton Rouge, and my plan is to build a Shaquille O’Neal children’s hospital. That’s my plan, so that right now is in the works, and hopefully it gets done.

"All sick children can come for free. That's my vision"

Shaq said he was looking to join forces with the Our Lady of the Lake medical centre "to build the biggest, freest hospital in the state of Louisiana."

Shaq grew up in New Jersey but played basketball in college in Louisiana with LSU

Louisiana could desperately do with the investment too as the state has cut funding to hospitals by $260 million dollars in recent years according to Chuck Kleckley - who is the Republican Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives.

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