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Hoxie School to benefit
from Hibbett's program

Gretchen Hunt

Hibbett Sporting Goods, Inc., an Alabama-based sporting goods company operating as Hibbett Sports, has teamed up with various vendors to provide donations to Hoxie School, as a part of their Hibbett Sports Operation Sports Renovation program.

The school was selected based on an essay submitted by Serina Wilson, reading recovery teacher at Hoxie Elementary.

Wilson said she was on the Hibbett Sports website when she noticed an icon that said "Is your school deserving?" She said she completed the nomination and learned recently that the school was selected because of her entry.

The Hibbett Sports Operation Sports Renovation event at Hoxie School will be dedicated to supplying sporting goods equipment and other supplies to give the school some much-needed help. Hibbett Sports and various vendors will be donating sports equipment ranging from weight room equipment to technical equipment like practice jerseys, travel bags, shoes, bats and balls to help build the sports programs at the school.

Participating vendors include Adidas, Brooks, Easton, K-Swiss, Mizuno, Reebok, Soffe, The Game, Valeo, Wilson and Zephyr.

Wilson said coaches were asked to create a wish list of items for their athletic teams.

Saturday, Nov. 20, a group of Hibbett Sports employees and volunteers will gather together to help the school clean up the facility, as well as organize all of the donations from Hibbett Sports and its partners. Painters will also be on campus to give the locker rooms a fresh coat of paint.

On Monday, Nov. 22, the school will be presented with all the donations during an assembly. Wilson said students in eighth through 12th grades will also receive goody bags from the company.

In addition, activities are planned for younger students. A T-shirt design contest is slated for seventh graders. The winner's design will be made into a T-shirt that will be given to all seventh-grade students.

At the elementary school, Hibbett Kids will sponsor a baseball pennant coloring contest. A winner will be selected from each classroom and will receive a gift.

Hibbett Sporting Goods, Inc., Vice President of Marketing Joy McCord is excited about bringing the Hibbett Sports Operation Sports Renovation program to Hoxie.

"We are really looking forward to a fun day with the kids," said McCord. "The program is aimed at giving back to the community through sports, and we think the kids will really benefit from it."

This community service program got its start soon after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. The catastrophic hurricane damaged or completely destroyed several schools in Hibbett Sports' area of operations.

"There was so much devastation," said McCord. "We felt we had to do something to help the people of the communities, because they've been so good to us. Since then, we have extended the Hibbett Sports Operation Sports Renovation program to include schools in need because of depressed economic conditions."

In business since 1945, Hibbett Sporting Goods, Inc., operates over 750 sporting goods stores in small to mid-sized markets, predominantly in the Sunbelt, Mid-Atlantic and the lower Midwest. For more information about Hibbett Sports Operation Sports Renovation program, visit www.hibbett.com/op_ren.php.

Wilson said she gets more excited the closer it gets to time for the Hibbett Sports representatives to come.

"It's just like Christmas," she said. "It's just amazing."

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