National Vision’s Partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America Recognized by ICSC Foundation

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DULUTH, Ga.—National Vision Inc. and Boys & Girls Clubs of America have been recognized for their effort to provide eyecare to American youth by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Foundation, which has awarded National Vision with the 2016 Retailer Community Support Award.

National Vision noted that in the inaugural year of its partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America it was able to provide more than 4,400 kids and teens access to free vision screenings, comprehensive eye exams and glasses, according to a statement. The ICSC will donate $5,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of America as National Vision’s partnering charity, the retailer announced.

“The partnership implemented a successful pilot program followed by full implementation that resulted in these youth receiving screenings at 77 clubs across 26 states,” National Vision said in the statement. “Of the kids and teens who participated in eye exams and showed signs of vision impairment, approximately 98 percent needed glasses, demonstrating that the partnership is meeting a need for vision care among our nation’s youth.”

Bob Stein, chief philanthropic development officer at National Vision, said in the statement: “We believe that the ability to see clearly is absolutely essential in giving children the opportunity to succeed in life, and we are honored to provide these important services to members of Boys & Girls Clubs around the country.”

National Vision is one of the largest optical retail companies in the United States with more than 930 stores in 44 states.