Academy surprises girl featured in viral 'girly and athletic’ photo with $1,000 gift card

Academy Sports + Outdoors presents Harper Hardin with a $1,000 gift card for her t-ball team . / Source: Academy Sports + Outdoors
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(WVLT) -- A Knoxville Academy Sports + Outdoors surprised a girl featured in a viral "girly and athletic" photo-shoot with a $1,000 gift card to buy new t-ball gear.

Harper Hardin posed in a heart-warming photo wearing t-ball socks, cleats and a big poofy dress, to inspire other girls to to be whatever they want – girly, sporty, or both.

Academy located at 145 Moss Grove Blvd. gave Hardin a gift card containing $1,000 and also presented her with a large check of an additional $1000 for her t-ball league from Willow Creek Youth Park.

Hardin and her t-ball league will be able to get new equipment for all of it's teams and outdoor activities.

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