WSSU Athletics Partners with Academy Sports + Outdoors to Donate $1,000 Worth of Athletic Equipment to Ashley Academy and the William Roscoe Anderson, Jr. Community Center

WINSTON-SALEM, NC - The Winston-Salem State University Department of Athletics partnered with Academy Sports + Outdoors to bring some early Christmas cheer, Monday morning to donate $1,000 worth of athletic equipment to Ashley Academy and the William Roscoe Anderson, Jr. Community Center. Through the partnership, Ashley Academy and the William Roscoe Anderson, Jr. Community Center received $1,000 worth of athletic equipment. The donation included equipment such as weights, jump ropes, team sports gear, a treadmill, and more.

"It's great to be able to partner with Academy Sports + Outdoors and with the CIAA supporting the effort here in our own community," WSSU Director of Athletics Etienne Thomas said. "It's so wonderful to bless two organizations (Ashley Academy and the William Roscoe Anderson, Jr. Community Center) that our student-athletes support."

Academy Sports + Outdoors is no stranger to assisting in the communities of CIAA schools. As the official sporting goods and outdoor retailer of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), Academy Sports + Outdoors has focused on establishing meaningful community initiatives within the CIAA footprint.

Through the partnership, a donation was made to Ashley Academy and the William Roscoe Anderson, Jr. Community Center. "They both service the community, not only in the K-5 area, but also the entire community in making sure we keep students active," Thomas added. "As we know, that's one of the things that was most critical, but is sometimes missing in curriculums right now."

The donation comes as one of many community service efforts that the Rams have coordinated with both Ashley Academy and the William Roscoe Anderson, Jr. Community Center throughout the year.

For more information on Academy Sports + Outdoors, visit www.academy.com. For more information on Winston-Salem State University athletics, contact the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations at (336) 750-2143 or log on to www.WSSURams.com.