The Shaquille O’Neal Foundation recently partnered with The Notables to raise millions of dollars for underprivileged children.
O’Neal helped to create memorable NFT images of himself and sell them, with all of the proceeds going to the charitable organization.
The collection is based on a portrait of Shaq created by artist Kent Floris, “which serves as a template for numerous variations that alter attributes such as facial expressions, accessories and backgrounds, also created by Floris,” per the press release.
NFTs are “a digital asset that represents real-world objects like art, music, in-game items and videos. They are bought and sold online, frequently with cryptocurrency, and they are generally encoded with the same underlying software as many cryptos,” according to Forbes.
Some of the collectibles include Shaq sporting his team colors, Shaq wearing a DJ Diesel shirt and even Shaq smiling without any teeth.
The Shaquille O’Neal Foundation was founded in 2019 to bring resources and opportunities to underserved youth across the country year-round.
His foundation also teamed up with the Boys & Girls Clubs and Communities in Schools to donate $10 million worth of school supplies across the country.
“This is the time to create something to build a brighter future for children and motivate helping kids,” O’Neal said of his foundation back in April. “Our mission is just to help underserved youth by providing them with resources, and opportunities. You know, a lot of people, especially our kids, our children, don’t have that. These kids need somebody to look up to. They need stuff to do. And we want to provide that.”