Allen - Academy Sports

(L-R) Dr. Joseph Ray, Adrean Sanders, Assistant Athletic Director, Teddy Keaton.

Allen University Athletics ended the spring semester with a bang. Celebrating a deserving mother in the community, Academy Sports + Outdoors partnered with Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAC) by way of Allen University to provide a $500 gift card to Adrean Sanders, a team mom with Columbia Knights Sports Organization.

Dr. Joseph Ray, Acting Director of Counseling and Placement and Assistant Director of Athletics for Contracts and Compliance, Teddy, were excited to present the Sanders with the $500.00 gift that will assist her in impacting local youth. “The leadership at Allen University allows to take a hands-on approach to impacting the lives of student-athletes on and off of the field,” Keaton explained. “By assisting our community to cultivate leadership in our future student-athletes from a young age, we are laying the foundation for long term success.”

The Columbia Knights Sports Organization is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to developing young athletes and incorporate life skills that promote leadership on and off the field. Sanders’ devotion as a team mom impacts these children in incredible ways and motivates them to achieve their goals.

Academy Sports + Outdoors is the Official Sporting Goods and Outdoor Retailer of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAC). The partnership between Academy Sports + Outdoors and the SIAC focuses on establishing meaningful community initiatives within the SIAC 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.

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