NBA Hall of Famer, business leader, and philanthropist Shaquille O’Neal recently announced a new partnership with worldwide technology leader Epson that will empower students with free tech tools. The new initiative, titled “Epson and Shaq Give Back,” will work in collaboration with Communities In Schools (CIS) to provide a suite of technology products, including EcoTank printers, interactive projectors, and scanners, to schools across the country.
The organization works directly with schools to encourage students to stay in school and continue down a path that leads to graduation. The partnership between CIS and the “Epson and Shaq Give Back” program will ensure more schools gain access to the tools they need to help their students stay focused, motivated, and moving forward.
“Epson and I share the same passion for education and giving back,” O’Neal said in a statement. “We can’t wait to roll this program out.”
According to a press release, O’Neal and the printing giant have partnered to release EcoTank printers, which will offer cartridge-free printing with easy-to-fill, supersized ink tanks, empowering users to get more done in less time. The unique replacement ink bottles allow users to print thousands of pages, creating less waste, which is much more environmentally sound.
This seems to be the perfect fit for O’Neal given the fact that, in addition to his many accolades, he’s a tech enthusiast and skilled investor. He’s also a first mover when it comes to identifying innovative companies and products.
“Between family and work, life keeps me pretty busy,” O’Neal continued. “I’m always on the lookout for products that make everyday tasks quick and easy so I can focus on the things that matter most. Epson simply offers the best printing and home technology out there.”
Through the newly-formed partnership, the four-time NBA champion and Epson will focus on creating a complete line of technology solutions for home, business, and education. In a massive push, Epson will roll out a series of original campaigns featuring the former L.A. Lakers star as its ambassador across multiple platforms including TV, digital, in-store, social media, and appearances.
“Shaq’s fun and dynamic personality engages a wide variety of fans and customers from around the world,” said Keith Kratzberg, president and CEO, Epson America Inc. “His energetic approach to life, outstanding business acumen and passion for technology make him the perfect partner for Epson. We look forward to working with him to generate excitement around our products and deliver greater value to our customers—starting with carefree color printing, a large supply of ink and ultimately a much more enjoyable printing experience.”