adidas gym trainers Academy Sports gives out gift cards to Boys Girls Club kids
“I’m just looking for stuff to go back to school to wear,” Nadia said. “I’m looking for a backpack and shoes. I want a Nike or Adidas backpack. I haven’t found what kind of shoes I want yet.”
Her mother, Margaret, felt relieved to receive the gift from Academy Sports.
“It helps out tremendously,” she said. “It kind of nips the bud in the back to school shopping because my son is also here shopping. Sometimes it can be expensive, especially with two kids and one going to middle school. This is a big help.”
Browsing a row of shoes, Adaja Depriest found a pair of white Converse with a red strip near the bottom, a pair of shoes she’s wanted for a long time.
She’s excited to get back to Tupelo Middle School and show her friends her new shoes.
She also bought three pairs of Nike shorts and a Nike hoodie.
“It means a lot to my family,” said Adaja’s mother, Teresa. “I think it’s a great thing they are doing for the kids and the families because everybody doesn’t have the means to get the things the kids need.”
Nolen Elzie, Jr., unit director of the Northside Boys Girls Club, brought his son Tayden to buy him a new pair of shoes.
As the unit director, he brought in a little education during the shopping process.
“It gives them an opportunity to go back to school and get some things they need and things they want,” Nolen said. “We tie it to finances and have them make good decisions on what they need and what they don’t need.”
He said the kids were thrilled when they heard about Academy Sports giving each one of them a gift card for the second year in a row.
Kris Keel, logisticis manager at Academy Sports, helped out with this year’s and last year’s back to school event.
“We have 240 stores and only 100 stores participate in this,” he said. “Last year was awesome. Three of my employees just came up to me and asked, ‘Are they here yet?’ They are ready to see the joy and excitement on their faces. It’s good somebody you work for takes time to invest back in the community.”