Academy Sports + Outdoors, a premier sports, outdoor and lifestyle retailer, announced multi-year agreements with the University of Florida Gators and Florida State University Seminoles.
The sponsorship was brokered by IMG College, the multimedia rights partner of the University of Florida and Florida State University.
"We are thrilled to call these storied rival schools our new partners," says Anita Sehgal, Academy Sports + Outdoors' senior vice president of marketing and advertising. "All three of us share a commient to the community, fans, and their families; and we look forward to providing the Gators and Seminoles fans everything from their fan gear to fishing gear and more."
In addition to carrying officially licensed products for both universities, Academy Sports + Outdoors offers a wide selection of sports, outdoors and lifestyle products for active-minded families that help them participate in the activities that they love.
"We always appreciate a new partner with shared values, especially one committed to supporting a broad range of our athletic programs," says Mike Hill, University of Florida's executive associate athletics director. "That's what sets Academy Sports + Outdoors apart, their commient to the diverse interests of Gator fans, students, parents and families."
"We're excited to partner with a company like Academy Sports + Outdoors, and their Tallahassee store, who value our university, Tallahassee and all the sports and outdoor recreation activities our community has to offer," said Monk Bonasorte, Florida State's senior associate athletic director.
Academy opened its first Tallahassee store in August 2012 and currently has a total of four stores in Florida – two located in Jacksonville, one in Pensacola and one in Tallahassee. A third store in Jacksonville is slated to open prior to the holiday season.
About Academy Sports + Outdoors
Academy Sports + Outdoors is a premier sports, outdoor and lifestyle retailer with a broad assorent 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 166 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 everyday low prices.