Shaquille O’Neal Partners With Miles College for HBCU Campus Venture

FILE – In this Dec. 22, 2016, file photo, retired Hall of Fame basketball player Shaquille O’Neal smiles as he talks to reporters during an NBA basketball news conference in Miami. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)

A new partnership between NBA great Shaquille O’Neal and Miles College will help bring a Papa John’s Pizzeria to every Historically Black College and University Campus in the nation.

“Historically Black Colleges and Universities have paved the way for African Americans and people of other races to receive a quality education deservedly,” O’Neal said in a statement issued through the Purpose PR Firm in Birmingham.

“HBCUs have been pivotal in the development of young minds; influential in highlighting the history and culture of African Americans and effectively provided a means for academic success,” O’Neal stated.

“It is in these great halls of these wonderful institutions that students saw their potential magnified and exemplified.”

In a statement, Miles College President Bobbie Knight said she was excited about the new venture.

“Miles College is honored to partner with Shaquille O’Neal and welcome him to our historic and beautiful campus,” Knight said in a statement.

“Shaquille is a skilled investor, savvy entrepreneur, and marketing and branding genius. This partnership tells the world that this is Miles College’s day, and this is Miles College’s time to show America that HBCUs can join icons like Shaquille and launch business ventures like Papa John’s on our campuses,” Knight stated.

O’Neal and Knight plan to formally announce the HBCU initiative that will ultimately involve all HBCU’s at a noon press conference on the Campus of the Birmingham, Alabama school on October 26.

Founded in 1898, Miles College counts as a premier liberal arts institution located in metropolitan Birmingham within the corporate limits of the City of Fairfield. The institution’s founders saw educated leadership as the paramount need in the black community.

O’Neal is a 15-time NBA All-Star, who won 4 championships.

He became Papa John’s first African American board member when he inked a multi-million deal earlier this year and he has ownership stakes in at least nine different locations.

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Source: Black Press USA

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