Opinion

December 8, 2012

Citizens of the Week: Academy Sports and Outdoors and its employees

Perhaps the excitement has subsided from the opening of Academy Sports and Outdoors in Dalton, but you wouldn’t know it by talking to local Boys & Girls Club members.

The children there are still buzzing.

A few days before the store on Shugart Road opened last month, employees hosted 30 children from the Boys & Girls Club, gave them $100 gift cards and helped the kids pick out shoes, clothing and whatever else they wanted.

“Academy Sports has only been in Dalton a few weeks, but they have already stepped up in a big way to help the kids of our community,” said Robbie Slocumb, chief professional officer with the Boys & Girls Club of Gordon, Murray and Whitfield Counties. “Our kids are still talking about what Academy did for them. It was a very special day. Boys & Girls Clubs are fortunate to have their support, and we are excited about continuing to work with them in the future.”

The store has more than 71,000 square feet of footwear, apparel, sports and leisure products, plus hunting, fishing and camping equipment. It employs 125. But in addition to being an important part of the economy and bringing jobs to Dalton, Academy Sports and Outdoors has already proven to be a valuable corporate citizen.

“It is great to have such a wonderful company like Academy Sports supporting our Clubs and the kids we serve,” said Jason Finnell, director of development at the local Boys and Girls Club. “What they did for our club members was amazing, and something the kids will remember forever. We are excited to partner with them, and look forward to working together to help keep our kids physically active and fit.”

For their commitment to the community, The Daily Citizen names Academy Sports and Outdoors and its local employees Citizens of the Week.

 

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