Former NBA player Shaquille O'Neal knows what it's like having ginormous feet.
So when he heard about a 13-year-old aspiring basketball player from Georgia having difficulty finding the right size shoes, he stepped in to help.
Zach Keith is a size 18, and his mother can't afford shoes for the rare size if she can find them in stores at all.
The dilemma sounded all too familiar.
O'Neal wears a size 22 and he recalled how his parents went through a similar situation.
He told CBS 46:
"Mom couldn't afford shoes. The kid had big feet. I just kind of reminisced about how that used to be me, my mom and my dad."
So he started the day off on the right foot and got the kid 10 pairs of size 18 shoes.
Teen who couldn’t afford size 18 sneakers gifted 10 pairs of shoes by Shaquille O’Neal https://t.co/sMvZQUDwJj https://t.co/S4Jh6KXsHB— Philly Today 📰 (@Philly Today 📰)1557522291.0
O'Neal had arranged to surprise the young athlete at Friedman's Shoes, a store that sells extra large footwear and is owned by Bruce Teilhaber, who has helped out frequent customers like O'Neal.
"If they don't come from Bruce and Freidman's don't show them to me," quipped the 47-year-old.
Keith couldn't believe he was meeting an NBA legend and that the celebrity was helping him out.
"I'm like, 'Whoa, he wants to buy me shoes, out of all people?'"
After taking Keith out on a shopping spree inside the store, O'Neal gave him additional spending money and his personal cellphone number to let him know that if he ever needed any help, he was just a phone call away.
O'Neil scored some major points with Twitter for his generosity.
@CNN Awesome act of selflessness. You never know how a blessing will come. Heartfelt Gratitude to Shag...— Minister Michele Francis (@Minister Michele Francis)1557497101.0
@CNN Shaq- You are a truly Great Man to help others as you do. So Proud that you are in LA Sports Hall of Fame as a… https://t.co/HXn5HCYIDP— Victoria Armand (@Victoria Armand)1557501599.0
Others who are challenged with big hoppers appreciated O'Neal's gesture.
@CNN As a guy who wears size 17, I can truly appreciate this gesture!— Pastor Jeremy Rose (@Pastor Jeremy Rose)1557498931.0
@CNN I can imagine. I only wear a size 15 & be struggling to find shoes to fit— Coneys & Cartiers (@Coneys & Cartiers)1557496578.0
They teen's mother, Brittany Keith, was beyond grateful.
"This will help a lot. I won't so much have to worry about buying him dress shoes. He hasn't had a pair of dress shoes in about four or five years because it's been hard trying to find the ones that actually fit."
It wasn't just about the shoes.
She was glad to have a role model to look up to, all 7 feet of him!
"For me it was just very touching, very heartfelt, to know there is someone out there that has his back."
O'Neal and Keith shot some hoops together before calling it a day.
@CNN What a wonderful thing to do. Thanks again for showing others what a wonderful gift you gave this young man— Cherakigirl (@Cherakigirl)1557521213.0
For the pro-athlete, it was just his way of paying it forward.
"I thought this was a good thing to do. Kid plays basketball, and Bruce did it for me, and I just want to return the favor."
@CNN Shaq is good people. Always has been.— Keith Hatfield (@Keith Hatfield)1557514453.0
@CNN This once again proves, that Shaq is the GOAT! Great feel good story to see on a Friday! #FridayFeeling https://t.co/PNZlg2Mdh1— David Lee Joyner (@David Lee Joyner)1557516210.0
In a chaotic world we're currently living in, this is the slam dunk we needed.