Academy Sports

MOUNT CARMEL — For 66 years, family-owned Academy Sports Center Inc. in downtown Mount Carmel has provided customized apparel and merchandise made on site for teams, businesses and individuals.

Even though “sports” is in the name, Cathy Besser said the business is more than sports and isn’t about what they sell, but what they can do for you.

Custom work is done for businesses such as Geisinger, Northumberland County Jail correctional officers, fire and EMS, Knoebels, the AOAA and more, and they carry merchandise for five different schools — Mount Carmel, Shamokin, Southern Columbia, Lourdes and North Schuylkill.

Academy offers silk screening, embroidery, tackle twill and laser engraving, and now offers silk screen numbers. They can add custom details to items brought into the store or purchased from their expansive merchandise. Add lots of sparkle to your order with customized glitter items as well.

There’s nothing they haven’t been able to customize, Besser said. The store offers a wide range of trophies, plaques, medals, awards, apparel and merchandise that can be customized by the highly experienced staff. Academy is all about the personalization.

Those looking for gifts for Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, a groomsman, bridesmaid and more need look no further. Academy offers the perfect customized gifts for anyone in your life that can be laser engraved with a name or special message.

Trophies of all kinds can be custom created to fit the buyer’s wants and are put together in the store by Besser, the “trophy queen,” who said there’s nothing she hasn’t been asked to make trophies for.

Besser said they’ve recently added more clothing companies and fashion statements, including a line of women’s sparkle garments, which have quickly become a fan favorite.

There’s so much Academy has to offer and Besser encourages people to stop in and see what they have. Three generations behind the wheel equals a lot of experience and person attendance to every piece purchased in the store. Each person has their own skill to provide the highest quality work on all orders.

Academy is also part of Advertising Specialities Institute (ASI), and can incorporate all advertising products fit for you needs.

Stop by the store at 18 S. Oak St., Mount Carmel, or visit for more information.

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