BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (May 27, 2015) – National sports retailer Hibbett Sports is excited to announce its national support of the American Heart Association through a corporate relationship. Under this relationship, Hibbett Sports is determined to raise $100,000 in donations at its retail stores across the country from April to June 2015.

“The American Heart Association is committed to helping people build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Through the support of Hibbett Sports, we can help educate people on the importance of physical activity and healthy living as it relates to heart health,” said Russell Pate, PhD FAHA, professor at the University of South Carolina's Arnold School of Public Health and spokesperson for the American Heart Association.

Sarah Sharp-Wangaard, Hibbett Sports VP Marketing, said, “We’re proud to team with the American Heart Association in their mission to promote healthy and active lifestyles, which mirrors our own corporate vision, and we are excited to play a part in bringing this message to the communities that we serve.”

In January, Hibbett Sports promoted their Hibbett for Heart campaign to raise awareness about heart disease and encourage heart-healthy lifestyles. Participants submitted stories about their healthy lifestyle changes for a chance to win a one-year membership to a local gym and great “red” workout gear from Under Armour.

In June, Hibbett Sports will participate in the Birmingham Heart Walk that is put on by the local AHA chapter in Birmingham, Ala. Hibbett Sports sponsors the Lifestyle Change Award at the walk, which recognizes individuals who have made positive changes to improve their quality of life and health.

In business since 1945, Hibbett Sports, Inc. (NASDAQ/GS: HIBB) and its subsidiaries operate 1,000 premium athletic retail stores in small to mid-sized markets, predominantly in the South, Southwest, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions of the United States.  The Company’s primary retail format is a 5,000 square-foot store located in strip centers and enclosed malls.  Each store typically lies within 150 miles of another store location.