Academy Sports and Outdoors & Boys and Girls Club of North Alabama put on a shopping spree for kids

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MADISON, Ala. - A sporting goods store is as near to heaven on earth as you can get for a kid. Academy Sports and Outdoors, with a little help from the Boys and Girls Club of North Alabama, made back to school shopping easier for 30 kids.

Harold Weatherly is with the Boys and Girls Club of North Alabama. He says the gift card from Academy Sports and Outdoors can be a game changer for the kids involved.

“Some of these kids do not have the opportunity to go shopping before school starts. This will be the only opportunity to get new things before they start the new school year,” he said.

Weatherly says many of the children aren’t buying just for themselves.

“My favorite part of this day? The smile on their face and seeing how generous some of them are. They will have the gift card and while they are buying for themselves, some of them will also buy things for their smallest sisters and brothers.”

For Academy Sports and Outdoors, it’s an opportunity to be a good neighbor and support the community. Phillip Euley is a senior team leader at Academy.

“I think it's great. All of us enjoy being involved in the community. We do a lot for the community directly through donations and that type of thing.  This is one of the more fun events where we get to actually interact with he kids. It’s fun.”

Academy Sports and Outdoors is located at 7506 Highway 72 West in Madison, AL.