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Hibbett, Inc. (NASDAQ:HIBB), an athletic-inspired fashion and premium footwear omnichannel retailer, today announced the launch of the 2023 Sole School Program. As part of an ongoing commitment to give back, Hibbett | City Gear in partnership with Nike, have awarded 103 High Schools and more than 2,500 students nationwide with a combination of in-kind donations, product, mentoring and job opportunities, valued at more than $650,000.00.

We are proud at how our grassroots Sole School program has grown and flourished over the past eight years as we remain committed to strengthening our connection with schools in the communities we serve, said Ben Knighten, Senior Vice President, Operations, Hibbett. We developed the Sole School initiative as a multi-faceted way to make a meaningful impact for student athletes by not only offering funds but also connecting them with our local leaders to develop a plan for the future.

In 2023, 103 sponsored Sole Schools were recipients of a financial donation on behalf of Hibbett | City Gear and Nike, to support their basketball program in a variety of ways. Sole Schools utilize donated funds for team gear, travel costs, athletic equipment and other necessities. Schools also receive Hibbett | City Gear swag and mentoring from local Hibbett and City Gear leadership. As a community partner, Hibbett conducts regular outreach to schools and athletic programs in their local neighborhoods.

"Our Partnership with Hibbett and being selected as a Sole School has been absolutely amazing. Hibbett has provided us with much needed support and we are extremely grateful for all they have done for us here at Warren County High School. Karen and her team at Hibbett have truly become part of our WCHS family," said Victor Hunt Jr., Athletic Director and Head Football Coach, Warren County High School, Warrenton, North Carolina.

Being selected as a Sole School means the world to the Freeport High School Boys Basketball program and it will have a significant impact on our mission and the lives of the players, said Coach Jackson, Freeport High School, Freeport, Illinois. Hibbetts commitment to the Boys Basketball program is truly admirable, and we are incredibly thankful for the positive difference they are making in our community.

Our Sole School program gives back, creating a generation empowered to make a positive difference and I love being a leader in a company that gives back to a community that we serve and makes a difference in young athletes lives, said Sheila Oakley, District Sales Manager, City Gear.

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About Hibbett, Inc.

Hibbett, headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, is a leading athletic-inspired fashion retailer with 1158 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 Follow us @hibbettsports and @citygear on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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