News Staff Report
Escambia County High School’s basketball team received an extra benefit Tuesday, November 9, as local and area representatives of Birmingham-based Hibbett Sports presented school and team officials with a $3,250 check.
ECHS was selected late last year as a Sole School program under Hibbett’s philanthropic outreach program where local Hibbett and/or City Gear locations sponsor an underserved school in their local community.
Atmore Hibbett Store Manager Jacquelyn Dunlap and Hibbett District Sales Manager Brian Kelly presented the check to ECHS Athletic Director Scott Mason, Principal Amy Cabaniss and Layton Knight, the school’s head basketball coach, during a ceremony at the school.
As part of the program, schools receive an annual financial donation, along with athletic equipment, shoes for students, Sole Schools promotional items and student mentorship opportunities with local Hibbett and City Gear Management staff.
This year Nike has partnered with Hibbett to provide additional funds to sponsored Sole Schools.
Hibbett presented the school with an additional check for $1,000 for its general athletics program, and each member of the basketball team was given a special grab bag filled with a t-shirt and other items, and each player was given a $125 Hibbett gift card to use for personal purchases during the season.