The chairman of DICK’s Sporting Goods, which began in the Binghamton area, will be speaking at the Binghamton University Forum luncheon October 22.

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Ed Stack has been appearing over the past couple of weeks on network television to promote his book, “It’s How We Play the Game: Build a Business, Take a Stand, Make a Difference” and talk about his controversial decision to stop selling assault firearms at DICK’S stores nationwide following a spate of school shootings.

Stack began working in is father’s store that began as a bait and tackle shop when he was 13 before acquiring the two Binghamton stores in 1984.  Since then the company has expanded to over 800 sporting goods stores with over 8-billion dollars in annual sales.

Following the Parkland school shooting in 2018, Stack announced DICK’S would no longer sell assault-style weapons and would not sell any weapon or ammunition to anyone under the age of 21.  Even as that move alone sparked wide-spread controversy, Stack then had 5-million dollars-worth of assault rifle inventory destroyed.

The Binghamton University Forum program is open to the public but registration is required. Tickets are $25 for non-forum guests.

The event is being held at the Triple Cities Ballroom Convention Center in the Holiday Inn, Binghamton at 2-8 Hawley Street beginning with a lunch buffet at noon, followed by the formal program at 12:30 p.m.

Call the Binghamton University Forum office at (607) 777-5801 for information.