Academy Sports + Outdoors 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 loaded 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 backpacks 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 longstanding support of our organization that has benefited 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.