Academy Sports + Outdoors announces celebrity athlete lineup for its five-day "Party for the People" at local New Orleans stores

Academy's "Party for the People" takes place Tues., Jan. 29 through Sat., Feb. 2

Jan 29, 2013, 10:23 ET from Academy Sports + Outdoors

KATY, Texas, Jan. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Academy Sports + Outdoors (d/b/a Academy) kicks off its "Party for the People" today with the announcement of celebrity athlete appearances at its New Orleans-area stores this week leading up to the big game. All events are free and open to the public.


Fans in the area will get their chance to meet Saints stars Mark Ingram, Jimmy Graham, Hall-of-Famers Deion Sanders, Rickey Jackson, and San Diego Chargers great LaDainian Tomlinson. Academy will also partner with Under Armour this week to donate all new weight room equipment to Edna Karr High School and a new scoreboard to Behrman Football Stadium. A celebratory pep rally will be held at Edna Karr on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 9 a.m. featuring a special appearance by Deion Sanders.

Mark Ingram Autograph Session

  • When: Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013
  • Time: 6 p.m.7 p.m.
  • Where: Academy Sports + Outdoors – Gretna
  • Address: 50 Westside Shopping Center, Gretna, LA 70053

Jimmy Graham Autograph Session

  • When: Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013
  • Time: 6 p.m.7 p.m.
  • Where: Academy Sports + Outdoors – Metairie
  • Address: 8843 Veteran's Memorial Blvd., Metairie, LA 70003

Rickey Jackson Autograph Session

  • When: Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013
  • Time: 4:30 p.m.5:30 p.m.
  • Where: Academy Sports + Outdoors – Covington
  • Address: 7205 Pinnacle Pkwy., Covington, LA 70433

Deion Sanders Town Hall

  • The first 200 fans in line will receive a VIP badge to attend the event
  • When: Friday, Feb. 1, 2013
  • Time: 1 p.m.2 p.m.
  • Where: Academy Sports + Outdoors – Harahan
  • Address: 800 S. Clearview Pkwy., Harahan, LA 70123

LaDainian Tomlinson Kids Football Clinic and Autograph Session

  • When: Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013
  • Time: 11 a.m.12:30 p.m. (free kids football clinic for first 125 in line age 8-13)
  • Time: 11:45 p.m.12:30 p.m. (free autograph session)
  • Where: Academy Sports + Outdoors – Metairie
  • Address: 8843 Veteran's Memorial Blvd., Metairie, LA 70003

About Academy Sports + Outdoors
Academy Sports + Outdoors is a premier sports, outdoor and lifestyle retailer with a broad assortment of quality hunting, fishing, and camping equipment and gear along with sports and leisure products, footwear, apparel and much more. The Texas-based company operates 156 stores throughout Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. The Academy Sports + Outdoors philosophy is to deliver an unparalleled shopping experience by providing convenience, offering a broad selection of quality products, delivering exceptional customer service and selling the right stuff at every day low prices. For more information about Academy Sports + Outdoors visit,,, and

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