SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Academy Sports and Outdoors is helping some area kids get back to school with the tools they need.
The store hosted a shopping spree on Tuesday
Thirty kids from the Boys and Girls Club Springfield received $100 that they could use for athletic apparel, backpacks, shoes and other necessities.
The program is in its eighth year.
The director of operations at Boys and Girls Club Springfield says the shopping spree not only gives the kids the physical tools they need for school but some mental ones, as well.
“Whenever you get something new you feel good about yourself so it’s helping your self esteem that way the first couple of days of school and you’re fitting in with everybody else. And honestly I think it helps learning because when you fit in with everybody else then you’re going to able to concentrate on your studies more,” Jeff Long said.