Nonprofit gets new hoops for victims of domestic abuse with help from Shaq, Orlando Magic

'We would like to let them know that we love them,’ NBA great says of children at shelter

Harbor House of Central Florida, a nonprofit that helps domestic violence victims, is getting the support from some big names.

During an event Monday, they celebrated the groundbreaking for two new basketball courts which was made possible with the help from the Pepsi Stronger Together initiative, the Orlando Magic and the Shaquille O’Neal foundation.

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“It’s huge for us because we believe so much in the power of play and we have a lot of kids that live on campus with us for anywhere between 12 weeks to a year,” Harbor House CEO Michele Sperzel said.

It was a big day for Harbor House of Central Florida whose mission is to provide shelter and support to women who are victims of domestic abuse.

Former Magic star and NBA legend O’Neal also attended the groundbreaking and explained why this cause is so important to him.

“Women are the most important people in the world. I am a product that I am because of a woman. My father always taught me you have to protect and provide for your women,” O’Neal said. “Everyone knows I love Orlando. Everyone knows I love taking care of people.”


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