Hundreds of Under Armour employees fanned out to three Baltimore elementary/middle schools on Friday to help renovate aging buildings for “Armour Day.”
Two thousand of the athletic apparel brand’s Baltimore-based workers took part in the company’s annual day of community service, typically held each May.
The service day this year coincided with the start of Preakness weekend, when for the first time in years, the company chose not to host a race-day hospitality tent for top athletes and other celebrities. Under Armour, which has seen slower growth in U.S. sales for the past year, had said it would instead focus on becoming more operationally efficient and devote time around Preakness to community service.
The volunteers donated a combined 8,000 hours of time. They met in the morning at Harlem Park, Collington Square and Francis Scott Key elementary/middle schools and got to work transforming gymnasiums, cafeterias, an auditorium, an outdoor classroom, teacher lounges and fitness rooms. Others led field day activities for students.
Under Armour said research has shown improving physical conditions in schools can help boost test scores, while adding color and comfortable furniture can help foster emotional and academic development.
Employees helped paint hallways, assemble furniture, decorate, clean and organize classrooms, and prepare STEM kits. Francis Scott Key got a new outdoor learning center, Harlem Park got a gym makeover and teacher fitness center, and Collington Square got a makeover for its gym and teachers lounge.
Under Armour organized the day with the help of The Heart of America Foundation and Baltimore City Public Schools. Other groups lending support included the state Department of Natural Resources, Ruppert Landscape, Mahan Rykiel, Herring Run Nursery, Site One, IMPACT Fitness Consulting and United Rentals.