Academy Sports surprises 10 kids from Tennessee Valley Boys and Girls Clubs


Knoxville, Tenn. (WATE) – Academy Sports + Outdoors surprised 10 teens from Boys and Girls Clubs of Tennessee Valley with a $3,500 donation.

Each teenager received a $250 gift card and then they were sent to the store to buy whatever they wanted for Christmas. The Boys & Girls Club also received a donation of $1,000 in gift cards to purchase additional gifts, games and materials they need.

“Sometimes the holidays and Christmas just aren’t always exciting for many families when they have to give gifts and these experiences. So if we can help a family and we can take that pressure off and provide an opportunity where the kids can buy stuff for Christmas on their own and go shopping and have some memory for themselves, I think it’s is great,” said Bridget Jones, the director. development for Boys and Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley.

“The smiles on their faces when they walk in and get the things they normally couldn’t and for the Academy to give back to their community like that really helps,” said Mark Booker, logistics manager. at the Sports Academy.

The giveaway is one of many Academy Sports is offering this holiday season. To donate to Boys and Girls Clubs, visit


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