HIBBETT | CITY GEAR 2022 SOLE SCHOOL COMMUNITY GIVEBACK PROGRAM SPONSORS 92 HIGH SCHOOLS NATIONWIDE #SoleSchool
Birmingham, AL | November 01, 2022 10:00 AM Central Daylight Time
Hibbett, Inc., (NASDAQ:HIBB), a Birmingham based premium footwear and athleisure retailer with more than 1,100 Hibbett and City Gear stores nationwide, today announced the launch of the 2022 Sole School initiative in partnership with Nike, supporting 92 underserved high schools and athletic programs nationwide. The philanthropic Sole School program was created for Hibbett and City Gear stores to directly connect with schools in need, in their local neighborhood and provide both financial and intellectual resources.
“We founded the Sole School initiative in 2015 as a grassroots program at City Gear, to connect with schools that did not have the basic resources needed for their athletic programs,” said Ben Knighten, Senior Vice President, Store Operations, Hibbett. “Each year our dedicated leaders continue to grow the reach of our program and we hear from educators, coaches and students about the positive impact Sole School has had on their students.”
This year, in partnership with Nike, Hibbett has pledged more than $500, 000 to support the 2022 class of 92 Sole Schools. Each school will be gifted a financial donation to be used toward much needed supplies such as athletic equipment, school materials, footwear, team apparel and other essentials. Hibbett and City Gear leaders will present checks in person to each of the recipient schools through the end of December.
Since the Sole School program began more than 8 years ago, Hibbett and City Gear have positively impacted hundreds of schools and students and provided much needed support. Through mentoring and career opportunities, many students have taken jobs at Hibbett and City Gear and begun their first careers. Hibbett regularly connects with schools and programs in the markets they serve to lend support through philanthropy and engagement.
“This donation means a lot not only to the kids, but the athletic program and the school. These ladies have been putting in work, day in and day out and the biggest thing is that we just want to be recognized and we are grateful to have been chosen to be a recipient of the Sole School donation,” said Jemiah Harrison, Head Girls’ Basketball Coach, Kenwood High Sole School.“With this donation we are able to purchase team shoes, equipment and other needs that can help rebuild our program here for the Kenwood Lady Knights Girls’ Basketball team.”
About Hibbett, Inc.Hibbett, headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, is a leading athletic-inspired fashion retailer with 1,117 Hibbett and City Gear specialty stores, located in 36 states nationwide. Hibbett has a rich history of convenient locations, personalized customer service and access to coveted footwear, apparel and equipment from top brands like Nike, Jordan, and adidas. Consumers can browse styles, find new releases, shop looks and make purchases online or in their nearest store by visiting www.hibbett.com. Follow us @hibbettsports and @citygear on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.