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We're Open, Tallahassee: Elite Sporting Goods cheers on seniors with signs and t-shirts

Posted at 8:15 PM, Apr 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-23 20:15:34-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — With the economic uncertainties from the coronavirus, we here at ABC 27 are shining a light on businesses that are doing their part to help out the community while keeping their business open.

A local sporting goods store that's normally busy printing hats and jerseys for sports teams is now churning out yard signs and t-shirts, cheering on seniors as they prepare to graduate.

Kip West, the owner of Elite Sporting Goods, says he knows what families are going through. He has a senior at FSU, who won't get to walk the stage at graduation, and a sophomore baseball player at Chiles, who's missing out on his favorite time of the year.

Some local schools have decided to do something special for their seniors.

A few weeks ago, Maclay School ordered and paid for all of their seniors to get t-shirts.

And recently, Chiles put in an order for yard signs for all 474 of their seniors!

"We did about 50 percent less than what we normally charge, but it's a good situation for us," said West. "It keeps our folks busy and it gives the kids at Chiles a little bit of pride to have a senior sign in their yard when they graduate."

Elite Sporting Goods is in the process of making those signs as we speak.

Also, Elite Sporting Goods is selling their "shop local tally" t-shirts, and $10 from each one will go to the customer's choice of small local businesses.

So far they've sold 175 shirts.

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