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A Natural Fit: Academy Sports + Outdoors & Austin Parks Foundation

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From our beautiful parks, trails and green spaces to our great weather year-round, Austin is a haven for outdoor activities. Academy Sports + Outdoors is dedicated to helping Austinites enjoy the outdoors to the fullest.

They put their money where their mouth is by supporting our work to improve parks across Austin with their year-round sponsorship of Austin Parks Foundation. We're so grateful for their partnership as our missions are a natural fit (pun intended)!

We reached out and asked them a few questions about why they choose to support our work in Austin's parks, trails and green spaces. Here's what they had to stay:

1. Why are outdoor spaces like parks important to sports and outdoor activities?

At Academy, we’re all about having fun out there. Parks, trails and green spaces allow people to have fun by giving them the room to enjoy sports and outdoors for free! It promotes active lifestyles and makes for good physical and mental well-being. 

2. What does supporting Austin Parks Foundation's mission mean to Academy?

It means building community. Austin Parks Foundation has been at the center of promoting park development, accessibility and improvements all over Austin for 27 years.

Thousands of Austinites volunteer every year to upkeep the Austin parks, trails, and green spaces, and we want to help in those efforts. These spaces give Austin the environment and charm that people love so much. 

3. Which Austin parks would you recommend Academy customers visit?

Zilker Park is a must-visit park. It’s an icon to Austin as it hosts the most famous festivals throughout the year, and just an amazing space overall to play sports, have picnics, and even go for a swim!

Covert Park at Mount Bonnell is a trip worth taking. It involves a little hike (102 stair climb), but once you reach the top you’ll be sitting on the highest peak in the city.

Helping Austinites Enjoy the Outdoors

Academy Sports + Outdoors is proud to serve the people of Austin in whatever way they want to get outdoors and be active. Visit any of our local stores or take advantage of online shopping and curbside pickup at

We’re happy to work with Academy as they support our goal to improve outdoor spaces across Austin. We greatly appreciate their support of our organization and passion for helping Austinites enjoy outdoor spaces to the fullest.