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Academy Sports + Outdoors


Academy Sports + Outdoors is one of the nation's largest sporting goods and outdoor stores. It is currently owned by funds advised by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. (together with its affiliates, "KKR"), a leading global investment firm, and led by CEO and President J.K. Symancyk. Prior to August 2011, the company was owned by the Gochman Family and led by Chairman and CEO David Gochman. David's grandfather, Max Gochman, started Academy Sports + Outdoors over 75 years ago when he opened Academy Tire Shop in 1938 in San Antonio, Texas. After a few years, Max began selling military surplus, and the store continued to evolve into what it is now a premier sports, outdoor and lifestyle retailer with a broad assortment of high-quality hunting, fishing and camping equipment and gear along with sports and leisure products, footwear, apparel and much more. Over the last several decades, the company has grown substantially from its small beginnings. Sales reached one billion dollars in 2004, two billion dollars in 2007, and three billion dollars in 2012. Today, annual sales exceed $4.6 billion.


Academy® Sports + Outdoors offers a benefit program that is designed to attract and retain team members who are committed to our business and willing to contribute to our long term success.

Our comprehensive benefit package is designed to meet the needs of our team members at every stage of their life and help them plan for the future. Our benefit offerings include the following:

Health Plans

  • Medical/Prescription Drug Insurance
  • Health Savings Account
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Life/ADD Insurance
  • Long and Short Term Disability

Other Benefits
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • 401(k) Savings Plan
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Paid Vacation
  • Paid Holidays
  • Relocation Assistance
  • Bonus Programs
  • Merchandise Discount
Our Mission and Vision

The Academy Sports + Outdoors vision is to be the premier sports, outdoor and lifestyle store of choice, continuously adapting to our customers' changing needs. The company's mission is comprised of three parts. The first is to deliver an unparalleled shopping experience by providing convenience, offering a broad selection of quality products, delivering exceptional customer service, and selling at everyday low prices. The second is to know our customers. Customers are our number one priority as we strive to be the retail destination they can trust. The third is to respect our associates by creating opportunities for personal growth and career advancement, while promoting teamwork in an enjoyable and rewarding work environment.