New Ardmore Academy store sends local kids on shopping spree

Published: Apr. 25, 2019 at 11:06 PM CDT
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Thirty-one kids with the Wilson/Ardmore chapter of the Boys and Girls Club of Red River Valley each received a $100 dollar gift card to Academy Sports and Outdoors to spend how they want Thursday afternoon, accompanied by Ardmore police officers and firefighters.

Eight-year-old Hailen said he bought a football and Gatorade bottle with his money, just in time for summer.

"And I also got a hat, just for that," Hailen said.

He will also be running around town in some new shoes.

11-year-old Jonathan got an Oklahoma City Thunder hat and some wrestling gear to help him on the mat.

"My favorite thing was the gloves," Jonathan said.

He says he was excited to get to shop.

"I feel really awesome about it," he said.

Other popular items among the kids were bikes and snacks.

Amy Miller with the Boys and Girls club said most of these kids come from low income families and do not get to shop for themselves very often.

"Some of these kids have probably never had this opportunity and we really appreciate what Academy has done," Miller said.

Store Director Jordan Schoen said, in addition to the shopping spree, the store also gave $2000 each to Ardmore police and fire departments, saying thanks to the community.

“The community kind of drives the business," Schoen said. "We recognize that. And this is kind of our way of thanking them for welcoming us to the community and partnering with them.”

Academy opened Monday and will have grand opening celebrations this weekend.