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Henryville gets $100,000 in sports equipment

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Items donated during the celebration. Items donated during the celebration.
Children gathered in the new gym for the event. Children gathered in the new gym for the event.
A mascot in a baseball outfit entertained the crowd. A mascot in a baseball outfit entertained the crowd.

HENRYVILLE, IN (WAVE) - Henryville Junior and Senior High School started the new year in a rebuilt school and gym after losing almost all of it during the tornado outbreak on March 2, 2012. Now thanks to one sporting goods company, they're also able to begin with brand new athletic equipment as well.

Hibbitt Sports donated $100,000 worth of athletic equipment to Henryville High during an early morning assembly on Monday. Athletic Director and Assistant Principal Bill Niece couldn't be happier, saying "it's pretty phenomenal to see the work they've put in to gather this. The Hibbitt's team have labored and worked to make sure we got this stuff here over the past weekend."

Hibbitt Sports contacted Henryville Junior and High school last June to get a wish list of what they needed in their athletic department. The offer was extended through a special program called 'Operation Sports Renovation.' Monday they came through on their promise and Niece said they actually received closed to 70 percent of everything they requested.

"It's really a blessing," said Niece. "We've got so much stuff right now, you know we could probably go a few years without buying baseball equipment, softball equipment and things like that."

In addition to the sporting equipment that Hibbett Sports donated to the school, they also donated a little something to each student. A goodie bag and gift cards were handed out to give the students a little something for themselves, after a very tough year.

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