January 5, 2005


Shaq and Post publisher William Rittwage.

LOS ANGELES - While Shaquille O'Neal may no longer play for the Lakers, he continues to show his good will toward the LA community, delivering toys and food this holiday season to the Challenger Boys and Girls Club on 50th & Vermont in South Central. Shaq has actively participated in the Los Angeles-based Athletes & Entertainers for Kids organization for the past decade. And while he now calls Miami his NBA home, he is maintaining his Southern California connection with LA's South Central Community.

On Christmas Eve, "Shaq-A-Claus" gathered toys and food - which he generously paid for himself - and once more, gave back to the community. With two trucks provided by COP Communications, publisher of "Post Magazine," Shaq's modern-day sleigh carried hundreds of gifts to the Challenger Boys and Girls Club.

William Rittwage, President of COP Communications, followed Shaq on the Christmas cruise convoy. "As a corporate citizen and as a member of the community, this was truly one of the most rewarding days I've experienced. Witnessing Shaq's gracious generosity gave me new insights into a man who is more than a great sports figure. He deserves to be called a hero."

COP Communications is an innovative printing and publishing group. The leader in periodical and catalog printing, COP publishes POST magazine, the dynamic news and feature publication for professionals involved in all facets of television and film post production, and Patterson's Beverage Journal, the premiere lifestyle magazine for the beverage industry. COP is also involved in such organizations as the Christermon Foundation, the Salvation Army, AID for AIDS and this year will be working with the SOS Foundation, a Southern California restaurant group charitable organization.