Academy Sports + Outdoors donates 5,000 backpacks stuffed with school supplies to Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston

KATY, TX (August 2, 2016) – Academy, Ltd. (d/b/a Academy Sports + Outdoors), a premier sports, outdoor and lifestyle retailer, donated 5,000 total backpacks stuffed with essential school supplies to all 13 Boys & Girls Clubs across the Greater Houston area.

“I am incredibly proud of the hundreds of Academy team members who put forth a tremendous effort to ensure that 5,000 children throughout the Houston area received a backpack full of school supplies for the upcoming school year,” said Academy Sports + Outdoors president and CEO, J.K. Symancyk. “The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston have been amazing partners in this event and many others, and we are happy to support their ongoing work for youth in our hometown of Houston."

More than 700 Academy Sports + Outdoors team members stuffed 5,000 backpacks with essential school supplies in one day at the company’s headquarters in Katy, Texas. Over the course of the day, the team members were supported by children from the Boys & Girls Clubs. The backpacks were presented to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston and then distributed to all 13 local chapters. The retail value of the backpack and supplies totals more than $25 and includes crayons, composition notebooks, glue sticks, #2 pencils, facial tissue, pink erasers, ear buds, pocket folders, colored pencils and an Academy Sports + Outdoors water bottle.

“The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston would like to thank Academy Sports + Outdoors for their generous donation that will prepare many of our children for the upcoming school year,” said Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston President and CEO, Kevin R. Hattery. “In addition, we are grateful for Academy’s long standing support of our organization that has benefitted thousands of Houston’s youth.”

This event is an extension of Academy’s annual back-to-school shopping spree program, which is in its seventh year and occurring at 100 Academy Sports + Outdoors locations in 15 states. Ten of these events will be at locations in the Houston area. Thirty children at each location will receive a $100 Academy gift card to use towards uniforms, backpacks, shoes and other school necessities.

Academy Sports + Outdoors currently operates 28 stores in the Greater Houston area and 94 stores in the state of Texas. Academy will open two new stores in the Greater Houston area in New Caney and East Pearland later this year.

About Academy Sports + Outdoors
Academy Sports + Outdoors is a premier sports, outdoor and lifestyle retailer with a unique assortment of quality hunting, fishing and camping equipment and gear along with sports and leisure products, footwear, apparel, patio sets, barbecue grills and much more. The $4.6 billion company operates over 210 stores throughout Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas, where the company is based. The Academy Sports + Outdoors philosophy is to deliver an unparalleled shopping experience by providing convenience, offering a broad selection of quality products, delivering exceptional customer service and selling the right stuff at everyday low prices. For more information about Academy Sports + Outdoors visit,,,, and

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston
For more than 60 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, 13 Clubs serve more than 11,000 young people annually by providing a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship and high-impact youth-development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. For more information, please visit