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ACADEMY SPORTS + OUTDOORS PARTNERS WITH SHAW ATHLETICS TO DONATE $1,000 WORTH OF BASEBALL GEAR TO RALEIGH PARKS & RECREATION OUTREACH BASEBALL LEAGUE

ACADEMY SPORTS + OUTDOORS PARTNERS WITH SHAW ATHLETICS TO DONATE $1,000 WORTH OF BASEBALL GEAR TO RALEIGH PARKS & RECREATION OUTREACH BASEBALL LEAGUE

RALEIGH, N.C. –  The Department of Athletics at Shaw University partnered with Academy Sports + Outdoors to kickoff the holiday season by donation donating $1,000 worth of baseball gear to the Raleigh Parks and Recreation Outreach Baseball League on November 12.

Shaw Athletics helped the Outreach Baseball League prepare for next season with new bats, balls, gloves, cleats, apparel, coaches' equipment and more that was provide by Academy.

"We are extremely pleased to support the City of Raleigh Parks and Recreation Outreach Baseball League with this partnership through Academy Sports," said Director of Athletics George Knox. "This is a part of our commitment and continued partnership with the City of Raleigh because we share their facilities for some our athletic home events so this was a great way to give back."

Academy Sports + Outdoors is the Official Sporting Goods and Outdoor Retailer of the CIAA and its fans. The partnership between Academy Sports + Outdoors and the CIAA focuses on establishing meaningful community initiatives within the CIAA footprint. Specifically, these initiatives will look to activate and amplify grassroots efforts, such as youth outreach and mentoring programs, that is inclusive of students-athletes and administrators from across the conference.

"We hope with this holiday gift we can make a big difference to youth in our community and with the help of the Academy Sports and the CIAA, they will now have new gear and equipment they need to get in the game and get active."

About Academy Sports + Outdoors

Academy is one of the leading full-line sporting goods and outdoor recreation retailers in the United States. Originally founded in 1938 as a family business in Texas, Academy has grown to 259 stores across 16 contiguous states, primarily in the southern United States. Academy's mission is to provide "Fun for All" and Academy fulfills this mission with a localized merchandising strategy and value proposition that strongly connects with a broad range of consumers. Academy's product assortment focuses on key categories of outdoor, apparel, footwear and sports & recreation through both leading national brands and a portfolio of 17 private label brands, which go well beyond traditional sporting goods and apparel offerings.

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