Academy Sports activities + Outdoor donates over $50,000 to native communities on Nationwide First Responders Day


Donations benefiting first responder organizations in communities across the United States

KATY, Texas, October 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Academy Sports + Outdoors (“Academy”) Celebrates National First Responders Day (28 Oct) by contributing more than $50,000 to 20 first responder organizations and chapters of the National Police Athletic/Activities Leagues, Inc. (“National PAL”). This is the fourth year in a row that the Academy is celebrating National First Responder Day by giving back to their communities. Also through now Nov 13Academy offers first responders, active duty military and veterans a 10 percent discount on their entire purchase both in-store and online.

“The Academy is committed to continuing its support for the brave heroes who protect our communities through donations $50,000 in honor of National First Responder Day,” he said Lawrence Praise, senior vice president of marketing at Academy Sports + Outdoors. “Contributions will help spread the fun safely throughout our footprint while benefitting hundreds of deserving first responders and youth in need locally.”

Children in select National PAL chapters will participate in shopping sprees at Academy stores throughout the Footprint where they can purchase athletic equipment, safety gear, apparel, shoes and more. Academy Sports + Outdoors is the Official Sporting Goods and Outdoors Retailer of National PAL whose mission is to advance the prevention of juvenile delinquency and violence by building relationships between children, law enforcement officers and the community through positive engagement.

“National PAL is grateful for partners like Academy Sports + Outdoors who support first responders who give back to the communities they serve,” he said Christopher Hill, Chairman of the National PAL. “The Academy’s generous donations will allow our chapters to continue opportunities to build relationships between our local children, police officers and community for years to come.”

Academy Sports + Outdoors also donates to various local first responder groups including the 300 Club of Atlanta, the Dothan Fire Department and the Panama City Police Department, among others. The donations and shopping sprees help organizations purchase sports and outdoor gear to power initiatives and events as part of their programs.

The Academy regularly contributes to first responders and safety-related initiatives to promote responsibility and safety through events, programs and organizations that create a positive impact. To learn more about eligibility for Academy military and first responder discounts, visit

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Academy is a leading full-line retailer of sporting goods and outdoor leisure in The United States. Originally established in 1938 as a family business Texas, Academy has grown to 265 stores in 17 contiguous states. Academy’s mission is to provide “Fun for All,” and Academy delivers on that mission with a localized merchandising strategy and value proposition that creates a strong connection with a broad spectrum of consumers. Academy’s product range focuses on key outdoor, apparel, footwear and sports and leisure categories through both leading national brands and a portfolio of 19 private labels that go well beyond traditional sporting goods and apparel offerings. Visit for more information.

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