GREENVILLE, SC (WSPA) – Twenty kids are now ready to return to school and the upcoming sports season thanks to the Greenville Triumph and the Sports and Outdoors Academy. On Tuesday night, the team surprised the kids with a shopping spree, giving each child a $ 150 gift card and the chance to shop with a player.
The Greenville Triumph vice president said the back-to-school event was entirely player-led.
âThey love to do that, they want to be part of the community. They aren’t just there to play football, âErwin said. âAnd certainly from our organization, it’s a mission for us and it’s about creating joy and using football to create joy in the upstate. “
Senior Regional Marketing Specialist Liza Arnold for Academy Sports said it was the best way to give back.
âBeing able to have 20 kids who might really need help when it comes time to go back to school, especially with how 2020 was,â said Arnold.
The event benefited children from the YMCA of Greenville, Spartanburg United and the Salvation Army Kroc Center.
âAs a community center and non-profit it means a lot to us that they really take time, especially in season, to send their guys and just interact with our kids,â said the centre’s athletic director. Kroc, Becca Beacham.
âIt was awesome. I had two guys and they were really nice,â said one of the recipients, Kylie Smith. âThey were chatty like me and I love it. They are just with me and have me. kindly helped to get things.
Justin Griffith said he can’t wait to use his bright yellow kayak he bought.
âI’m going to kayak in my daddy’s lake and throw,â he added.
And for Mason Viner, he shared a message for the Triumphâ¦
âThank you for providing us with all of this,â Viner said. “It helped my mom not to pay $ 130 for this stuff.”
He can’t wait to wear his new gear for the next football season.