Papa John’s and Shaquille O’Neal Launch New Shaq-a-Roni Pizza

Company donates $1 from every pizza sold to Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada

LOUISVILLE, Ky., June 29, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Papa John’s announced today the launch of the new Shaq-a-Roni pizza in collaboration with board member and restaurant owner Shaquille O’Neal. Designed to deliver a bigger pizza experience, Papa John’s locations across Ontario will donate one dollar from every Shaq-a-Roni sold through August 23, 2020 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada.

“It was important to me for the Shaq-a-Roni to be bigger than just pizza. By giving my new pie a try, one dollar will be donated to The Papa John’s Foundation for Building Community to support COVID relief, the fight against racial injustice, the Boys and Girls Clubs and general community involvement,” said Shaquille O’Neal, Papa John’s Board Member and franchise owner.

Conceived by O’Neal himself, the Shaq-a-Roni is an extra-large pizza made with Papa John’s fresh, never-frozen six ingredient dough, topped with extra mozzarella cheese and extra pepperoni, then cut into Papa John’s largest slice size to-date.

“From the Papa John’s Foundation to the efforts of our local franchisees and team members, Papa John’s is committed to supporting our communities,” said Rob Lynch, President and CEO of Papa John’s. “We’re excited to combine all the best ingredients for coming together in support of our neighbours - a Shaq-sized pizza, topped with extra ingredients, with a donation from every purchase going back into local communities.”

Last year, Papa John’s partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs for the company’s inaugural national day of service and continues to engage with the organization through ongoing initiatives. This year, Papa John’s will continue their partnership to help fund leadership development programs and the learning experience for youth and communities.

More information about the Shaq-a-Roni pizza, including the Papa John’s Foundation and its grantees, can be found at

About Papa John’s

Papa John’s International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) opened its doors in 1984 with one goal in mind: BETTER INGREDIENTS. BETTER PIZZA. Papa John’s believes that using high quality ingredients leads to superior quality pizzas. Its original dough is made of only six ingredients and is fresh, never frozen. Papa John’s tops its pizzas with real cheese made from mozzarella, pizza sauce made with vine-ripened tomatoes that go from vine to can in the same day and meat free of fillers. It was the first national pizza delivery chain to announce the removal of artificial flavors and synthetic colors from its entire food menu. Papa John’s is headquartered in Louisville, Ky. and is the world’s third largest pizza delivery company with more than 5,300 restaurants in 49 countries and territories as of April 30, 2020. For more information about the Company or to order pizza online, visit or download the Papa John’s mobile app for iOS or Android.

About The Papa John’s Foundation for Building Community

The Papa John’s Foundation supports communities as they work together for equality, fairness, respect and opportunity for all. The initial list of grantees includes Bennett College, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Lean Into Louisville, and the Association of American Colleges & Universities. The Foundation’s independent advisory group includes seven nationally recognized research, media and community engagement professionals that will help guide the Foundation’s future activities.

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