Academy Sports + Outdoors donation benefits school’s basketball program after flood

May 6, 2016

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Representatives from CFISD and Academy Sports + Outdoors display one of the Spalding 54-inch acrylic portable basketball hoops and two Spalding Neverflat® Soft Grip basketballs donated by the sporting goods store in the wake of floods that claimed Cypress Falls’ basketball court. Pictured, from left, are Allen Atteberry, Cypress Falls coach; Leslie Francis, CFISD director of marketing and business relations; Rich Flores, Cypress Falls head boys’ basketball coach; Mike Qualls, Academy manager; Renee Barbe, Cypress Falls director of instruction; and Kyle Parsons, Cypress Falls associate principal.


May 6, 2016—Cypress Falls High School’s performance gymnasium floor was among the total losses from the April floods that hit the CFISD community. Due to a donation this week from business partner Academy Sports + Outdoors, Golden Eagle basketball practices will avoid being collateral damage.

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An assembly technician puts together the backboard to a Spalding 54-inch acrylic portable basketball hoop donated by Academy Sports + Outdoors to Cypress Falls High School on May 5. The four goals donated by Academy will allow the Golden Eagles’ basketball teams to practice outdoors after their gymnasium floor was ruined by the recent floods. 

Upon learning of the extensive damage to the Cypress Falls gym, Academy donated the following sporting goods from its 19720 Northwest Freeway location that will allow the team to shift its practices to the outdoor tennis courts:

  • four Spalding 54-inch acrylic portable basketball hoops;
  • 12 Spalding Performance NBA Street outdoor basketballs; and
  • 12 Spalding Neverflat® Soft Grip basketballs.

The items were delivered and assembled at the school on May 5—free of charge.

“CFISD is so fortunate to have businesses in our district like Academy Sports + Outdoors that are responsive to community needs such as the recent flooding that damaged the gymnasiums at Cypress Falls High School,” said Leslie Francis, CFISD director of marketing and business relations, who facilitated the Academy partnership. “Academy’s donation allows the Eagles’ basketball teams to return to offseason practice with minimal loss of time.”

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Head Boys’ Basketball Coach Rich Flores, left, and Associate Principal Kyle Parsons transport one of the basketball goals donated by Academy Sports + Outdoors on the school’s tennis courts. Academy donated four hoops and 24 basketballs to the Cypress Falls basketball program.

Academy said the donation was in line with the company’s long history and philosophy of active hometown community support and partnerships.

Head boys’ basketball Coach Rich Flores, whose Eagles have focused on strength and agility drills since the flood, said the athletes are anxious to return to action.

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Rich Flores, head boys’ basketball coach at Cypress Falls High School, tests out one of the Spalding 54-inch acrylic portable basketball hoops and Spalding Neverflat® Soft Grip basketballs donated by Academy Sports + Outdoors. 

“Cypress Falls is extremely grateful for Academy’s donation,” Flores said. “Our girls’ and boys’ basketball programs will now be able to continue to develop our players thanks to their generosity.”

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