Academy surprise Thames Elementary students with new bikes

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Academy Sports and Outdoors surprised 30 Thames Elementary students with new bikes and helmets on Friday.

Academy's annual bike donation program occurs throughout December across 13-state footprint and benefit over 3,300 boys and girls through 110 separate donation events. The purpose of Academy's annual bike donation is to provide local schools with an opportunity to reward children during the holidays for their hard work.

On Friday, 15 girls and 15 boys from Thames were chosen for exceeding in Accelerated Reader.

Academy will donate over $200,000 in youth bikes and helmets this year. According to Academy's Store Director Louis Tenney, this is Academy's third year in awarding bicycles and helmets to students in Forrest County. He said this year Thames Elementary School was randomly chosen.

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