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This Local business owner is housing Hurricane Harvey first responders


Members of the army in town for Hurricane Harvey rescue pitch cots in the Academy Sports + Outdoors parking garage.

Photo courtesy Academy Sports + Outdoors

Members of the army in town for Hurricane Harvey rescue pitch cots in the Academy Sports + Outdoors parking garage.

It has not been perfect. But everyone deals with the situation because they have to.

“Literally you would have sort of pop up dormitories all throughout the office,” says Symancyk. “You figure it out. And thankfully there is good communication with all the folks involved and an awful lot of patience because, really, all of those little inconveniences pale in comparison to the work that you are doing.”

Academy Sports + Outdoors, which started in 1938 as a tire shop in San Antonio, has 230 retail locations in 16 states throughout the South, Southeast and Midwest. And though the temporary set up has made for some unusual logistics for staff who returned to work on Thursday, generally, there was a feeling of cooperation and goodwill, says Symancyk.

“I think it led to more engagement from our team,” he says. “All of us feel glad to do whatever we can do and are happy to be able to support something like that and so … the inconveniences of it are really not something that anyone is concerned about.

“There was more team pride in being able to be a part of this and be able to support it,” he says.

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