UPDATED 12.13.12 by Julie Montanaro
Children who excel in class - and those who are making great strides - have more than a gold star to show for it.
30 students at Apalachee Elementary in Tallahassee got brand new bicycles!
The children were chosen for high scores, big improvements, or perfect attendance.
They couldn't wipe the smiles off their faces as they climbed aboard their shiny new Huffy bikes.
All the bikes were donated by Academy Sports. The manager got hugs, handshakes and high fives in return.
The bike giveaway was extra special for some of the star students.
Some of them have never had a bike and are now learning to ride.
Academy Sports + Outdoors Release: Academy Celebrates 11th Anniversary of its Bike Donation at Apalachee Tapestry Magnet School of the Arts in Tallahassee
WHO: Apalachee Tapestry Magnet School of the Arts, Academy Sports + Outdoors and excited kids
WHAT: 30 bikes and helmets will be awarded to deserving children (15 girls and 15 boys)
WHEN December 13, 2012
WHERE: Apalachee Tapestry Magnet School of the Arts
409 Guill St.
Tallahassee, FL 30824
WHY: Academy Sports + Outdoors in Tallahassee is collaborating with Apalachee Tapestry Magnet School of the Arts to give back this holiday season by awarding bikes and helmets to 30 children through its 11th annual bike donation program. Academy provides schools with bikes to reward children at the school's discretion based on a variety of criteria including outstanding academic performance, perfect attendance, good behavior, need, etc. Academy will donate over $200,000 (retail value) in youth bikes and helmets this year. Each donation event includes 30 bikes and helmets (nearly $3,000 in retail value) benefiting over 2,100 boys and girls.
Students and staff members will be on hand for this celebration. Store management will be in attendance at the events to assist with interview requests.
About Academy Sports + Outdoors
Academy Sports + Outdoors is a premier sports, outdoor and lifestyle retailer with a broad assortment of quality hunting, fishing, and camping equipment and gear along with sports and leisure products, footwear, apparel and much more. The Texas-based company operates 156 stores throughout Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. The Academy Sports + Outdoors philosophy is to deliver an unparalleled shopping experience by providing convenience, offering a broad selection of quality products, delivering exceptional customer service and selling the right stuff at every day low prices.
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