NBA and LSU legend Shaquille O’Neil is helping Lafayette High School athletes get ripped with a big donation to the school’s weight room renovation project.

The school is looking to raise 42,000 dollars to give the Mighty Lions a better room to pump iron in. Shaq kicked off the fund drive off with a message of encouragement to the students.

“Hello Mighty Lion’s booster of Lafayette, I have a surprise for you, and ill let you know. All you Lafayette High guys, students, work hard, you can be whatever you want to be. Alright, ill talk to you soon, bye bye.”

The Lafayette Parish School System says to help the school meet their goal, they’ll match the first 21,000 dollars raised as part of the South Louisiana Giving Day Event. Mighty Lions head football coach Rob Pool says the donation will go a long ways towards fixing a crucial part of the athletics program.

“Right now were in there four days a week, and we lift all year. For them to have something they can take pride in, given by Shaq, I don’t know if I can express how appreciative I am for it.”

Pool says the school reached out to Superman to help them promote the fundraiser, but everyone was floored when they saw how far he went to help out.

“I was just blown away, and you really don’t know how you effect people to whom you give, or you are selfless to. When I found that out, it was a great day.”