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Outdoor Tech Joins the Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort with Academy Sports

Academy Sports’ corporate headquarters doubles as disaster command center for first responders in Katy, TX.

The devastating floods in the greater Houston area have caused billions of dollars of damage, taken lives, and displaced thousands of people. Amid all the destruction, the good people of Texas have banded together to help those in need.

One of Outdoor Tech’s retail partners Academy Sports has turned their corporate headquarters into a command post for first responders supporting the Katy, Texas community. When knowledge of this hit Outdoor Tech VP of Sales, Ryan Cockroft, he immediately asked how Outdoor Tech could help. Within hours, Outdoor Tech shipped 50 of their Kodiak 2.0 waterproof power bank/chargers to the command center in Katy, Texas.

Making sure those first responders have enough extra power to charge and recharge their phones, lights, and any other portable devices is just a small way that Outdoor Tech could lend a hand.

“I deeply feel for the citizens of Houston, and the surrounding areas. I was happy to learn that Academy was making an effort to give back to those that have supported them, and there was an opportunity for Outdoor Tech to help.” – Charlie Gugliuzza, CEO

When disaster strikes, people instinctively want to do anything they can to show their support. Outdoor Tech is grateful that some of their products are able to be used to aid in this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with those facing such adversity.

This release comes shortly after receipt of the news of Hurricane Irma and the shortening of Surf Expo. Our team is exhibiting at the show and have experienced first-hand the concern of local residents as they prepare for what may be one of the strongest natural disasters in decades.  Please keep them in your thoughts and provide support if you are able.

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