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Shaq to Keynote Luncheon

SPRINGFIELD — Springfield College, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, and the Beta Sigma Boulé announced that Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2016 inductee Shaquille O’Neal will serve as the keynote speaker at the Education and Leadership Luncheon at Springfield College on Sept. 9.

The Education and Leadership Luncheon is part of the Basketball Hall of Fame 2016 Enshrinement Weekend festivities. During this special event, local high school students will be rewarded for their perseverance and excellence. Students and local business leaders will have the opportunity to celebrate their achievements and hear from inspiring hall of famers.

O’Neal is a professional basketball player whose skills and talents have earned him many accolades. Throughout his prolific 19-year NBA career, O’Neal played for the Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Boston Celtics. In addition to his prowess on the court, O’Neal has worked as an actor, rapper, police officer, businessman, and investor. He earned his bachelor degree in 2000; his master’s degree in 2005; and his doctoral degree in 2012.

For luncheon ticket information, contact Donielle Singer Jr. at the Basketball Hall of Fame at (413) 231-5528 or e-mail at [email protected].