|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Partner||Phillip A. Harrison|
|Children||4 (including Shaquille O'Neal)|
|Relatives||Shareef O'Neal (son-in-law)|
Lucille O'Neal is an American doctor, author, spokesperson, socialite and is the mother of former NBA center Shaquille O'Neal.
O'Neal graduated from Bethune-Cookman University with a bachelor's degree in science, and is the president and founder of the Mothers of Professional Basketball Players Association. After attaining her master's degree in organizational management at the University of Phoenix, she is the mother of four children.
O’Neal was born into a Christian home in Dublin, Georgia. She spent her childhood, adolescent years and early adulthood in the Central Ward of Newark, New Jersey. She has four children: former NBA center Shaquille nicknamed Shaq, Lateefah, Jamal, Ayesha and fourteen grandchildren: notably Taahirah, Shareef, Amirah, Shaqir, and Me'ara.
After 30 years of raising her children, O'Neal resumed her studies in an Adult Education Program at Bethune-Cookman University where she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration (June 2003). Most recently she completed her graduate program (Master of Arts in Organizational Management) at the University of Phoenix (March 2005).
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In 1992, O'Neal and her family moved to Florida where she contributed to the development of the SHAQ NETWORK as the Chief Operations Officer. She managed the day-to-day operations of the first official Shaquille O’Neal Fan Club until October 2003. In addition to the duties in her son’s organization, O'Neal co-founded the Mother’s of Professional Basketball Players (MPBP) and served four years as executive secretary (1996-2000). The MPBP was created to provide support to mothers whose sons and daughters were currently playing or had played in the National Basketball Association and the Women’s National Basketball Association.
O'Neal was very instrumental in the leadership and development of the organization’s goals and objectives. Since the organization’s inception the MPBP has endeavored to support the communities represented by the players and their mothers. Today she serves as the current President of this restructured organization; The Mother’s of Professional Basketball Players, Inc. She often speaks of the spiritual foundation and lessons taught by her mother and grandmother as the source of her courage and inspiration for parenting.
As a newly appointed Board Member of Orlando’s Ovarian Cancer Alliance and a new member of MD Anderson’s Council of Governors, it is evident that her commitment and devotion to others is conveyed through her extraordinary volunteer efforts (past and present) and her involvement with numerous charitable organizations. Lucille’s dedication to diverse causes underscores her heart for humanity. She has made countless contributions to various charities and continues to be an inspiration to many people, young and old.
O'Neal’s gratitude to God for His mercy, grace and abundant blessing on the lives of her family has motivated her passion to help others that are less fortunate. Her sincerity is evidenced by her involvement in numerous youth oriented and community projects. Lucille’s straightforward attitude and ability to adapt to any situation has equipped her with a tireless ability to serve. Whether chairing fundraising events like “Shaq’s Mama Said Knock You Out!” (an annual premier event featuring a variety of celebrity hosts, including Shaquille O’Neal, Charles Barkley and Dennis Scott, to benefit The Odessa Chambliss Quality of Life Fund; named in memory of her Mother) or rolling up her sleeves to assist other organizations at the grass roots level, Lucille gives her all for the cause.