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Lucille O’Neal is more than just a basketball mom. Although she’s best known to the world as NBA star Shaquille O’Neal’s mother, she’s actually an author, a college graduate, a mother of four – including Shaq – and a grandmother of 14. Last year, she wrote her memoir, “Walk Like You Have Somewhere To Go,” detailing her struggles as a single teen mother, her issues with self-esteem and her divorce from Shaq’s stepfather.

After coming to terms with her past and describing herself now as “the happiest she’s ever been,” O’Neal has another reason to celebrate. The Boys and Girls Clubs of America will add her to their list of inductees to the Alumni Hall of Fame at the 105th Conference of The Boys and Girls Clubs of America from Wednesday, May 18 to Friday, May 20 at the New Orleans Hilton.

More than 2,000 educators, youth leaders, politicians and business leaders attend the annual event to discuss topics in line with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America’s mission to empower young people. This year’s topics include the failing education system, teens and technology, bullying and Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign, among others.

O’Neal will be inducted in a special ceremony on Wednesday, May 18th, along with former NBA player A.C. Green and others.