Academy Sports + Outdoors donates more than $50,000 to local communities on National First Responders Day

Donations to Impact Emergency Response Organizations in U.S. Communities

KATY, Texas, Oct. 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Academy Sports + Outdoors (“Academy”) celebrates National First Aid Day (Oct. 28) by donating more than $50,000 to 20 emergency organizations and local branches 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 Aid Day by giving back to its communities. In addition, through November 13, Academy is offering first responders, active duty military and veterans a 10 percent discount on their entire purchase, both in-store and online.

“Academy is committed to continuing the brave heroes protecting our communities by donating more than $50,000 in honor of National First Responders Day,” said Lawrence Lobpries, Academy Sports + Outdoors senior vice president of marketing. “The contributions will help make fun of our footprint safely while benefiting hundreds of deserving first responders and local youth in need.”

Children in select local branches of National PAL will participate in shopping at Academy stores across the footprint, where they can purchase sports equipment, safety equipment, clothing, footwear and more. Academy Sports + Outdoors is the official sporting goods and outdoor retailer of National PAL, whose mission is to advance the prevention of juvenile delinquency and violence by building relationships among children, police officers and the community through positive engagement.

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

Academy Sports + Outdoors also donates to several local emergency groups, including the 300 Club of Atlanta, the Dothan Fire Department, and the Panama City Police Department. The donations and bargains will help the organizations purchase sports and outdoor equipment to deliver initiatives and events within their programs.

Academy regularly contributes to first responders and safety-related initiatives to promote responsibility and safety through positive impact events, programs and organizations. To learn more about eligibility for the Academy’s military and First Responder discounts, visit

About Academy Sports + Outdoors

Academy is a leading retailer of sporting goods and outdoor recreation in the United States. Originally founded in 1938 as a family business in Texas, Academy has grown to 265 stores in 17 contiguous states. Academy’s mission is to provide “Fun for All” and Academy fulfills this mission with a localized merchandising strategy and value proposition that has a strong connection to a wide range of consumers. Academy’s product range focuses on key outdoor, apparel, footwear and sports & recreation categories through both leading national brands and a portfolio of 19 private label brands, which go well beyond the traditional range of sporting goods and apparel. For more information, visit

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