An athletic apparel company known for falsifying relationships with local school districts across the country has been making sales calls in Killeen.
The Killeen Independent School District notified the public that a sports memorabilia company has been contacting local businesses and claiming that it is affiliated with the school system.
Touchdown Sports has solicited at least two businesses without the consent of KISD, according to the school district. In April, the Waco Tribune-Herald reported that the Fort Worth-based company captured the attention of the Better Business Bureau. The story said that at least 10 local businesses paid between $600 and $800 for a service that they were told would benefit Midway ISD.
“Killeen ISD is not affiliated with Touchdown Sports; nor has the district given this organization consent to promote sales of sports memorabilia,” district spokesman Shannon Rideout said in a news release. “We are encouraging local businesses to please contact the Killeen ISD Athletics Department to determine the legitimacy of a company that claims to represent the school district before signing any contractual agreement.”
The company also goes by the name Boost Sports. A representative from the company failed to pickup the phone when the Herald called the number provided by the Better Business Bureau for Boost Sports, but the voicemail thanked the caller for calling Touchdown Sports.
The Bureau gave the company an F rating, and said that there has been 20 complaints filed against the business in just two years of operation.
“Consumers are led to believe Touchdown Sports is authorized to fund raise and is partnered with the school,” the website said. “Complaints allege after paying, they had limited to no communication from the company.”
A May story in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram said school districts from “Montana to Alabama” have been aware of the calls. The Allen school district and Southern Methodist University sent cease-and-desist letters to the company.