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Analysts at Bernstein Predict Bitcoin To Hit $70K In 2024, Polkadot NFT Minting Soars, KangaMoon Presale Buzzing

Kangamoon

Bernstein analysts have projected a bullish future for Bitcoin, expecting it to soar to $70K by 2024. Meanwhile, Polkadot has set a new NFT minting record. In other developments, KangaMoon's presale is gathering momentum, positioning itself as the best crypto to buy right now. Bitcoin (BTC) Forecasted To Hit $70k in 2024 Bernstein's analysts foresee a bright future for Bitcoin (BTC). They have predicted that its price could surpass $69,000 and hit $70,000 this year. Analysts Gautam Chhugani and Mahika Sapra conveyed their optimism in a message to investors. They stated that the prediction may take time and may not be smooth. In their analysis, the analysts highlighted the $42,000 to $43,000 price range as an optimal entry point. They described it as a "no-regrets price with asymmetric upside." Meanwhile, the analysts pegged their bullish prediction on four key factors. These factors include the high inflow of Bitcoin ETFs, election impact on the US SEC, macroeconomic conditions, and advisor network responses. At the moment, the price of Bitcoin is fluctuating between $41,971.37 and $43,654.52 on the weekly price chart. A rise to $70,000 would signify an increase of 65%. Polkadot (DOT) NFT Minting Sets New Record On February 6th, Polkadot (DOT) marked a major achievement, minting 4,930 NFTs each minute. This sets a new record for minting speed, surpassing the performance of Solana and Polygon. Polkadot achieved this while creating NFTs for the Web3 game "Forever Has Fallen." It used Unique Network, a Polkadot parachain dedicated to composable NFTs. This latest news comes after Polkadot coin reported increased user activity and the number of developers in Q4 2023. Despite the increase in user activity and mining activity on the network, its native token, DOT, is under bearish hold. Data from CoinMarketCap showed that Polkadot coin has dropped 2.8% and 1.4% on the monthly and weekly price charts, respectively. The altcoin is currently fluctuating between $6.58 and $6.99. KangaMoon (KANG) Presale Attracts Investors With the crypto bull run on the way, investors are looking for the best coin to invest in. Luckily for them, KangaMoon (KANG) is making waves as an exciting new venture, poised to launch a unique platform designed specifically for meme coin fans, aiming to bring them together in a single community. This platform is not just about earning rewards and free tokens; it is about creating a social space where users can connect and share their passion for memecoins. While other memecoins like Dogecoin and Shiba Inu bank on hype with little underlying utility, KangaMoon's KANG token differs. Its utility ranges from offering holders exclusive discounts to rewarding them for their participation. This positions KANG as the best coin to invest in. KangaMoon is inviting meme coin fans to join its platform and earn rewards and other benefits. Regarding security, the platform's smart contracts have been examined by SOLIDProof. This is to ensure a safe environment for users. With an eye on the future, KangaMoon is gearing up to introduce many engaging features. They include a play-to-earn game that rewards active engagement, an NFT marketplace, NFT collections, and an expansive metaverse platform. KangaMoon's KANG is available for $0.005. Market experts are predicting a substantial 35x growth in value following its official launch. This is the right time to join the KangaMoon meme coin movement. Final Thoughts The crypto space is expanding every day, and new coins like KangaMoon can rise to become top projects just like Bitcoin and Polkadot. Looking at its features and potential, KangaMoon is one of the best crypto to buy for massive gains this year. Discover the Exciting Opportunities of the KangaMoon (KANG) Presale Today! Website: https://Kangamoon.com/ Join Our Telegram Community: https://t.me/Kangamoonofficial Integrating GameFi and Play To EarnEmbark on your quest for glory. Assemble your champions, engage in epic battles or bet on your favorite fighters to earn $KANG tokens and exclusive rewards. Gain control of rare NFTs, unlock exclusive content and build alliances with fellow gamers as you ascend the ranks and leaderboards. Disclaimer: The following disclaimer is important to read and understand before engaging with Kangamoon, a play-to-earn meme coin. By accessing or participating in any activities related to Kangamoon, you acknowledge and accept the terms outlined below: 1: No Financial Advice: The whitepaper and any associated content do not constitute financial advice, investment recommendations, or solicitation to purchase Kangamoon tokens. The information provided is for informational purposes only. It is your responsibility to conduct thorough research and seek professional advice before making any financial decisions. 2: Volatility and Risks: Cryptocurrencies, including Kangamoon, are volatile and subject to significant price fluctuations. Investing in or holding Kangamoon tokens involves substantial risks, including the possibility of total loss. Past performance is not indicative of future results. 3: Regulatory Compliance: The regulatory environment surrounding cryptocurrencies is evolving and varies across jurisdictions. It is your responsibility to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations in your country or region before engaging with Kangamoon. 4: Uncertain Market: The market for meme coins and play-to-earn platforms is highly speculative and subject to rapid changes. There is no guarantee of market demand, liquidity, or utility for Kangamoon tokens. Token values may fluctuate drastically and may not reflect the intrinsic value of the project. Contact Details Kangamoon marketing@kangamoon.com Company Website https://kangamoon.com/

February 21, 2024 09:00 AM Central Standard Time

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THE LIP BAR LAUNCHES ‘BAWSE VENTURES’ GRANT PROGRAM TO EMPOWER BIPOC AND WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS

The Lip Bar

The Lip Bar Inc., the trailblazing beauty company known for its commitment to authenticity and inclusivity, announces ‘ Bawse Ventures’, a micro-fund initiative aimed at supporting the next generation of BIPOC and women entrepreneurs. The program seeks to provide grant and seed funding to small businesses, addressing the critical need for financial support in the early stages of entrepreneurial journeys. The application is now available with submission criteria including: Eligibility: Business sells product or offers a service, with annual revenue of at least $50K or more, and BIPOC individuals must own at least 50% or more equity in the company Purpose: The inspiration and reasoning for the business, included but not limited to how it improves the quality of life for customers, proven interest in products/services, and goals to take the business to the next level Selection: The Lip Bar will offer up to three business owners up to $25k in funding, along with quarterly mentorship for 1-year with Founder and CEO Melissa Butler and access to selected members of Butler ’s professional network The application window is open now through April 12 th, with finalists notified in June 2024 and winners announced in September 2024. Since launching in 2012, The Lip Bar has thrived as a community-based business, driven by the unwavering support of its customers. Bawse Ventures, whose name is inspired by the brands iconic number one red matte liquid lipstick, Bawse Lady (notably loved and supported by Former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama, Actress Taraji P. Henson, and more), embodies the spirit of empowerment and a universal movement, encouraging women to embrace confidence in their entrepreneurial journeys – never hesitating to stand out and be a ‘bawse’ in their endeavors. Having encountered the hurdles of transitioning a new business from its initial stages to a larger scale, Butler has gained firsthand insight into the challenges entrepreneurs face. Witnessing the disparities in early-stage funding, particularly for business owners of color who may lack access to family or friends for financial support, Butler recognized both an opportunity and a responsibility. Motivated by her own journey, she is now driven to inspire and invest in the next generation of entrepreneurs. “ The Lip Bar was built as a community-based business,” says Butler. “Our customers’ support and belief in us allowed us to make history, and now it’s time for us to give that same love, care, and contribution back.” This initiative honors a commitment to paying it forward and creating opportunities for those who, like Butler, may not have had the same financial support to turn their dreams into reality. As BIPOC businesses hold the highest percentage of being underfunded and neglected in receiving financial backing and access to DEI programs to help get to the next level, Bawse Ventures aims to do just that. "Many people are able to raise friends and family rounds to get their businesses off the ground. But in the black and brown community, we don’t have friends and family with excess dollars to give. So, I want to be the friend that allows that next generation of entrepreneurs to follow their dreams fearlessly," Butler adds. The combination of mentorship and funding is important for the growth and expansion of BIPOC businesses, as shown in Butler ’s network of mentors and friends that has helped accelerate the success of TLB. Bawse Ventures aims to break down barriers and provide crucial resources to empower budding entrepreneurs in building their own success stories. About TLB TLB is a beauty brand started in the kitchen of Founder and CEO, Melissa Butler while working on Wall Street. Since her early days of developing formulations, The Lip Bar has become a pioneer on clean beauty and inclusion, proudly founded and owned by a self-made Woman of Color. Since its launch in 2012, Butler has been on a mission to change the way people think about beauty. Believing that all beauty brands have the capacity to represent all beauty lovers, while creating clean and exciting products. Contact Details First and Last PR First and Last PR thelipbar@firstandlastpr.com Company Website http://www.thelipbar.com

February 21, 2024 08:57 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Stifel North Atlantic and ASTRO America Announce a First-of-its-Kind Private Equity Fund Under New DOD-SBA Initiative

ASTRO America

Small Business Administrator Isabel Guzman and National Economic Council Director Lael Brainard announced at a White House event last Wednesday that the partnership between Stifel North Atlantic (NYSE: SF) and ASTRO America is the first recipient of a “Green Light” to raise private capital for an SBIC Critical Technologies (“SBICCT”) fund. Officially called the AM Forward Critical Technologies SBIC, the Fund is actively fundraising and moving forward with the final SBA licensing process. The SBA-DoD SBICCT initiative is the first program under a historic SBA-DoD collaboration, launched by Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and SBA Administrator Guzman in December 2022. By pairing private capital with SBA administered leverage, the initiative will support private sector investment in US national security-vital component-level technologies and production processes. The structure will achieve the important mission of bolstering U.S. national security and the Defense Industrial Base without reliance on deficit funding, while supporting American small businesses. “This new Fund is important to both our national security and American competitiveness,” said ASTRO co-founder and President, Neal Orringer. “Not only will it provide essential financial support to small and medium-sized manufacturers, but it will help modernize key supply chains, helping accelerate adoption of technologies such as metal 3D printing that are increasingly important to America’s defense and aerospace industries.” He continued, “We are grateful for the DoD and SBA’s leadership in developing innovative approaches for catalyzing the injection of private capital into critical defense supply chains, at no cost to the taxpayer.” ASTRO America leads the White House’s AM Forward initiative, which includes a compact between the Administration and seven iconic American lead system integrators. The AM Forward member companies identified access to capital as a key barrier to eliminating bottlenecks, modernizing and increasing resiliency within their supply chains, particularly in metal castings and forgings. In early 2023, ASTRO selected Stifel North Atlantic as the financial partner to manage the SBIC Fund based on Stifel’s rich history of support for small and middle market companies and extensive experience managing SBIC Funds. ASTRO will lead the Fund’s Technical Advisory Board. “We are deeply committed to both our unique partnership in the SBICCT fund as well as with the SBA more broadly,” shared Victor Nesi, Stifel Financial Co-President. “The SBA has made remarkable progress in developing innovative ways to reach out, support and nurture the small business ecosystem that is so foundational to our organization. We are also grateful for the thought leadership provided to this project by key AM Forward member Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT).” Mike Nitka, Managing Director at Stifel North Atlantic offered, “This fund is a rare opportunity to mix purpose and passion. We are advancing the adoption of mission-ready production technology for the US aerospace and defense supply chain while supporting the journey of emerging US small businesses. Through this revolutionary partnership with the SBA, DoD, ASTRO America, and our anchor investors, we have the opportunity to create jobs and build US manufacturing capacity. I applaud all involved as this is a truly unique non-partisan approach to solving for a universal American need – national security.” During the event, in addition to key Biden-Harris Administration officials from the White House, SBA and DoD, Stifel and ASTRO executives also met with leading investors from the financial industry and executives from major aerospace and defense companies. With committed strategic and financial investors, Stifel North Atlantic and ASTRO expect to complete the final phase of the SBICCT licensing process and execute a first closing on the Fund in the coming months. After the initial closing, the Fund will begin actively investing in small business manufacturers to help strengthen the U.S. aerospace and defense supply chains. The White House readout of the event can be read here and the SBA overview of the event can be read here. More information on the SBA-DoD SBICCT initiative can be found here. The Applied Science and Technology Research Organization of America (ASTRO America) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, non-partisan Research Institute and Think Tank. It was established in 2018 to advance the public interest through manufacturing technology and policy. Led by manufacturing professionals with broad public and private sector experience, ASTRO America supports collaborations by government agencies and companies to address supply chain challenges in highly regulated industries, including aerospace and defense. Find out more: https://www.astroa.org/ Established in 1890, with headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri, Stifel is a full-service financial services firm with a distinguished history of providing securities brokerage, investment banking, trading, investment advisory, and related financial services to individual investors, institutions, corporations, and municipalities. Contact Details Elizabeth Heaton +1 202-445-9858 elizabeth@astroa.org Company Website https://www.astroa.org

February 21, 2024 07:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Announcing the SIGMA 15mm F1.4 DG DN DIAGONAL FISHEYE | Art and SIGMA 500mm F5.6 DG DN OS | Sports Lenses

SIGMA CORPORATION OF AMERICA

SIGMA Corporation of America, the US subsidiary of SIGMA Corporation (CEO: Kazuto Yamaki. Headquarters: Asao-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa, Japan) is pleased to announce two new full-frame prime lenses designed specifically for full-frame mirrorless camera systems, the SIGMA 15mm F1.4 DG DN DIAGONAL FISHEYE | Art and SIGMA 500mm F5.6 DG DN OS | Sports lenses. Both lenses will be available for purchase in mid-March 2024, and both lenses are available in Sony E-Mount and L-Mount versions. The SIGMA 500mm F5.6 DG DN OS | Sports lens is a full-frame, ultra-telephoto prime lens exclusively for mirrorless cameras. With outstanding image quality in a remarkably compact and lightweight body, this lens is built for action capture including aviation, sports, and wildlife. The new lens combines fast HLA-driven AF, high-precision OS, and an optical design featuring low-dispersion glass elements, along with splash- and dust-proof construction. This lens is designed for the most demanding situations. The SIGMA 15mm F1.4 DG DN DIAGONAL FISHEYE | Art is the world's first full-frame F1.4 diagonal fisheye lens *. With a 180° angle of view, this lens is designed to take in dramatic, sweeping scenes with the signature fisheye lens effect. Unlike conventional fisheyes, the 15mm F1.4 DG DN DIAGONAL FISHEYE | Art is exceptionally sharp across its entire 180 degrees and offers an ultra-fast F1.4 aperture, making it perfect for a wide range of applications including astrophotography, landscapes, and architecture, as well as action sports such as skateboarding and BMX. * As an interchangeable lens for full-frame cameras for consumer use. (as of February 2024) The retail price of the SIGMA 15mm F1.4 DG DN DIAGONAL FISHEYE | Art is $1,999 and the retail price of SIGMA 500mm F5.6 DG DN OS | Sports is $2,999 through authorized SIGMA America dealers. Learn more about these two exciting lenses at sigmaphoto.com: 15mm: https://www.sigmaphoto.com/15mm-f1-4-dg-dn-diagonal-fisheye-a 500mm: https://www.sigmaphoto.com/500mm-f5-6-dg-dn-os-s Exclusively for mirrorless cameras | Compatible with full-frame cameras A | Art SIGMA 15mm F1.4 DG DN DIAGONAL FISHEYE 180° of high resolution. An innovative diagonal fisheye lens. Resolving power that overturns the conventional wisdom about fisheye lenses An addition to the Art F1.4 lineup, meticulously crafted for astrophotography A wealth of latest functions and excellent build quality Supplied accessories: CASE, COVER LENS CAP LC1040-01, REAR CAP LCR II, TRIPOD SOCKET TS-141, PROTECTIVE COVER PT-51, GUIDE PLATE GP-21, SHOULDER STRAP Available mounts: L-Mount, Sony E-mount Launch date: March 14, 2024 * The appearance and specifications of the products are subject to change. * Sony E-mount lenses are developed, manufactured and sold in accordance with the E-mount specifications licensed under a license agreement with Sony Corporation. * L-Mount is a registered trademark of Leica Camera AG. #SIGMA #SIGMA15mmF14DiagonalFisheyeArt #SIGMAArt #SIGMAArtPrime #SIGMADGDN The world's first* F1.4 diagonal fisheye interchangeable lens for 35mm full-frame. Unparalleled resolving power that overturns the conventional wisdom about fisheye lenses. In developing a fisheye lens featuring an ultra-wide-angle and powerful fisheye distortion, SIGMA has achieved a completely new level of artistic potential, combining the world's first F1.4 aperture for consumer use with outstanding resolving power across the entire image. In terms of optical performance, the SIGMA 15mm F1.4 DG DN DIAGONAL FISHEYE | Art has achieved excellent point image reproducibility and high resolution by correcting various aberrations, especially sagittal coma flare. The lens is capable of handling astrophotography, which demands particularly high-quality performance, even when wide-open. Unlike conventional fisheyes, the SIGMA 15mm F1.4 DG DN DIAGONAL FISHEYE | Art is exceptionally sharp across its entire 180° angle-of-view and offers an ultra-fast F1.4 aperture, making it perfect for a wide range of applications including astrophotography, landscapes and architecture. The expressive power of this all-new full-frame mirrorless lens opens a wealth of creative possibilities in wide-angle photography. * As an interchangeable lens for full-frame cameras for consumer use. (as of February 2024 by SIGMA). [Key Features] 1. Resolving power that overturns conventional wisdom about fisheye lenses The latest optical design thoroughly corrects each type of aberration. This diagonal fisheye lens has the unique expressiveness of a fisheye lens and high resolution throughout the entire image from a wide-open aperture. The performance of the lens is guaranteed by a full inspection with SIGMA's proprietary MTF measuring system. Even wide-open, high resolution and point image reproducibility across the entire image The lens consists of 21 elements in 15 groups, including 4 FLD and 3 SLD exclusive low-dispersion glass elements, and 2 aspherical lens elements. By correcting sagittal coma flare and other aberrations, the lens can precisely reproduce bright points of light across the whole frame even wide-open, making it ideal for astrophotography. Diagonal fisheye lens with 180° angle of view The powerful distortion effect, which is the appeal of fisheye lenses, allows users to enjoy expressions such as a unique perspective and emphasis on the subject at a 180° angle of view. In addition, the SIGMA 15mm F1.4 DG DN DIAGONAL FISHEYE | Art is designed with the strict performance standards of the Art line. Furthermore, all lenses are inspected with SIGMA's proprietary MTF measuring system. The unique descriptive power of this new fisheye lens, which combines an incredible 180° angle-of-view with very high resolution optics, delivers a level of artistic potential that exceeds other fisheye lenses. Designed to minimize flare and ghosting To prevent flare and ghosting, which reduce image quality, the lens is designed to handle all conditions of incident light based on state-of-the-art simulation technology. High backlight resistance enables clear and sharp images under any lighting conditions. 2. An addition to the Art F1.4 lineup, meticulously crafted for astrophotography The SIGMA 15mm F1.4 DG DN DIAGONAL FISHEYE | Art offers abundant functions to support astrophotography. With the introduction of this lens, SIGMA now has four F1.4 wide-angle prime Art line lenses with functions specifically designed for astrophotography, including the 14mm, 20mm, and 24mm. In terms of both lineup and functionality, SIGMA fully supports the joy of capturing the stars. Art F1.4 prime wide-angle lens series specialized for astrophotography The SIGMA Art line of F1.4 single focal length lenses with specialized features for astrophotography is expanded to four lenses with the addition of the SIGMA 15mm F1.4 DG DN DIAGONAL FISHEYE | Art. Users can select the lens that best suits their needs and the expression they are aiming for. MFL (Manual Focus Lock) switch The lens is equipped with an MFL switch. When the MFL switch is set to "LOCK," the focus ring operation is disabled, ensuring that once focus is acquired, it will not be changed by unintentional movement of the ring. This is useful for long exposures and other situations where the focus should be fixed while shooting. Lens heater retainer A small step at the front of the lens called a lens heater retainer prevents the lens heater* from protruding over the front element, eliminating the risk of vignetting. * A belt-shaped heat strip that is wrapped around the lens to prevent condensation from forming inside the lens when the temperature drops. Rear filter holder A standard-equipped rear filter holder at the lens mount allows sheet-type filters to be used. Special cover lens cap with a locking mechanism and filter slots The included cover lens cap features two slots to securely store rear filters, as well as a locking mechanism. The cap is specially designed for the SIGMA 15mm F1.4 DG DN DIAGONAL FISHEYE | Art, allowing users to carry sheet-type filters without the risk of confusing or forgetting them, while protecting them from scratches and dirt. Tripod Socket The lens is equipped with an Arca-Swiss compatible, lightweight and sturdy magnesium alloy tripod socket. The detachable leg can be mounted on a tripod for stable conditions even during long exposures. The shape has been deliberately designed to prevent interference when using a lens heater. * The tripod socket TS-141 is also compatible with the SIGMA 14mm F1.4 DG DN | Art. 3. A wealth of latest functions and excellent build quality The SIGMA 15mm F1.4 DG DN DIAGONAL FISHEYE | Art is equipped with various functions to assist shooting, including an AFL button*1 to which preferred function can be assigned and an aperture ring, and uses a linear motor HLA (High-response Linear Actuator) as the AF actuator to enable fast, quiet, and highly accurate AF shooting. The lens is also equipped with a dust and splash resistant structure*2 to ensure a high level of weather resistance and robustness, as well as excellent build quality that allows for long and reliable use in any environment. *1 Function available on supported cameras only. Available functions may vary depending on the camera used. *2 The structure is designed to be dust and splash resistant, but not waterproof. Be careful not to bring the lens in contact with a large amount of water. Water inside the lens may cause major damage and even render the lens unrepairable. Various shooting assist functions The lens is equipped with an AFL button which can be assigned to a range of functions via the menu on selected cameras. In addition to the aperture ring, the lens is equipped with an aperture ring lock switch and a click switch to turn the click on and off. Dust and splash resistant structure and water and oil repellent coating In addition to a dust and splash resistant structure, the front element of the lens features a water and oil repellent coating, allowing photographers to shoot without concerns even in harsh outdoor environments. Adopts a linear motor HLA The AF actuator is a linear motor HLA (High-response Linear Actuator). The high thrust motor and advanced electronic control operate the focus lens at high speed and with high precision to provide comfortable AF shooting. Excellent build quality To support the heavy optical system and enhance robustness and reliability, metal parts are used in key parts of the lens body. Meanwhile, the lightweight engineering plastic TSC* is also used in appropriate places to reduce weight. Furthermore, each control part, such as rings and switches, is designed to feel good. SIGMA is proud of the exceptional build quality of its products, which do not compromise on durability, operability, and a satisfying sense of ownership. * TSC (Thermally Stable Composite) is a type of polycarbonate with a thermal expansion rate similar to that of aluminum. It has a high affinity to metal parts which contributes to high quality product manufacturing. [ Additional Features ] Lens construction: 21 elements in 15 groups (4 FLD, 3 SLD, 2 aspherical elements) Inner focus system Compatible with high-speed autofocus HLA (High-response Linear Actuator) Compatible with Lens Aberration Correction * Due to being a fisheye lens, distortion will not be corrected. * Function available on supported cameras only. Available corrections or auto correction functionality may vary depending on the camera model. * On cameras where lens aberration correction is controlled with "ON" or "OFF" in the camera menu, please set all aberration correction functions to "ON" (AUTO). Supports DMF and AF+MF Compatible with AF assist (for Sony E-mount only) Super Multi-Layer Coating Water and Oil Repellent Coating (front element) Aperture ring Aperture ring click switch Aperture ring lock switch AFL button * Function available on supported cameras only. Available functions may vary depending on the camera used. MFL (Manual Focus Lock) switch Rear filter holder (compatible with GUIDE PLATE GP-21) Lens heater retainer Focus Mode switch Support for switching between linear focus / non-linear focus ring settings (for L-Mount only) * Function available on supported cameras only. Dust and Splash Resistant Structure TRIPOD SOCKET TS-141 Special COVER LENS CAP LC1040-01 with a locking mechanism and filter slots Compatible with SIGMA USB DOCK UD-11 (sold separately / for L-Mount only) Designed to minimize flare and ghosting Every single lens undergoes SIGMA's proprietary MTF measuring system 11-blade rounded diaphragm High-precision, durable brass bayonet mount Mount Conversion Service available "Made in Aizu, Japan" craftsmanship Learn more about SIGMA's craftsmanship here: https://www.sigma-global.com/en/about/craftsmanship/ [ Key Specifications ] The following specifications are for L-Mount. Lens Construction: 21 elements in 15 groups (4 FLD, 3 SLD, 2 aspherical elements) Angle of view: 180° Number of diaphragm blades: 11 (rounded diaphragm) Minimum aperture: F16 Minimum focusing distance: 38.5cm / 15.2 in. Maximum magnification ratio: 1:16 Filter size: Rear filter only Dimensions (Max. Diam. x Length): 104 x 157.9mm / 4.1 x 6.2 in. Weight: 1,360g / 48 oz. (includes tripod foot) [ Product Barcode ] Product Name Barcode L-Mount: 0085126 478698 Sony E-mount: 0085126 478650 [ Accessories: Supplied ] COVER LENS CAP LC1040-01: 0085126 941260 TRIPOD SOCKET TS-141: 0085126 940997 PROTECTIVE COVER PT-51: 0085126 941277 REAR CAP LCR II (for L-Mount) 0085126 937256 REAR CAP LCR II (for Sony E-mount) 0085126 929879 [ Accessories: Optional ] SIGMA USB DOCK UD-11 for L-Mount: 0085126 878696 [ Information ] SIGMA Corporation: https://www.sigma-global.com/ Product Information: https://www.sigma-global.com/en/lenses/a024_15_14/ Exclusively for mirrorless cameras | Compatible with full-frame cameras S | Sports SIGMA 500mm F5.6 DG DN OS The crystallization of technology. A whole new ultra-telephoto experience. Perfect for hand-held shooting, a 500mm lens with unparalleled optical performance Compact, lightweight and excellent build quality A wealth of functions to assist in a variety of shooting situations Supplied accessories: CASE, LENS HOOD LH1034-02, TRIPOD SOCKET TS-151, FRONT CAP LCF-95mm III, REAR CAP LCR II Available mounts: L-Mount, Sony E-mount Launch date: March 14, 2024 * The appearance and specifications of the products are subject to change. * Sony E-mount lenses are developed, manufactured and sold in accordance with the E-mount specifications licensed under a license agreement with Sony Corporation. * L-Mount is a registered trademark of Leica Camera AG. #SIGMA #SIGMA500mmSports #SIGMASports #SIGMADGDN Clear, sharp images and amazing mobility. A handy-size 500mm that offers a whole new shooting experience. The SIGMA 500mm F5.6 DG DN OS | Sports is an ultra-telephoto prime lens exclusively for mirrorless cameras that features a 500mm focal length with outstanding image quality in a remarkably compact and lightweight body. By incorporating multiple large-diameter, exclusive low-dispersion glass elements that are challenging to process, SIGMA succeeded in significantly downsizing the lens construction without the use of diffractive optical elements. At the same time, the lens has achieved high resolving power that meets the expectations for a 500mm prime lens. The lens body, composed mainly of high-precision engineering plastic parts, has excellent build quality and weather resistance, including dust and splash resistant structure*, despite its compact size. With its rich descriptive power and incredibly compact size for its focal length, the handy-size SIGMA 500mm F5.6 DG DN OS | Sports offers a whole new photographic experience for wildlife, aviation, sports and other fast-action photographers. * The structure is designed to be dust and splash resistant, but not waterproof. Be careful not to bring the lens in contact with a large amount of water. Water inside the lens may cause major damage and even render the lens unrepairable. [Key Features] 1. Perfect for hand-held shooting, a 500mm lens with unparalleled optical performance The latest optical design using exclusive low-dispersion glass elements has succeeded in achieving both an extremely compact lens construction and high optical performance with excellent correction of aberrations. In addition to its size that allows hand-held shooting, the high-speed AF with HLA (High-response Linear Actuator) and the OS2 optical stabilization algorithm support comfortable shooting. High optical performance and compact lens construction The latest optical design has succeeded in significantly downsizing the optical system for a 500mm ultra-telephoto lens. By utilizing exclusive low-dispersion convex elements at the front of the lens, the lens delivers both a high aberration correction capability and a short overall length. The high level of production technology at SIGMA's only manufacturing base, the Aizu factory, provides the exacting precision necessary for processing the exclusive low-dispersion glass elements with a large aperture. The lens has excellent correction of all aberrations, especially axial chromatic aberration, which cannot be corrected by the camera body, ensuring a stable high resolution from the center to the periphery of the image. Excellent backlight resistance The SIGMA 500mm F5.6 DG DN OS | Sports uses refractive lenses in its optical system to prevent flare and ghosting that are characteristics of diffractive optical elements, allowing for clear images without concern for flare or ghosting even in backlit conditions or when a light source is included in the image. Furthermore, measures are taken against all conditions of incident light based on state-of-the-art simulation technology. High-speed AF with a linear motor HLA A linear motor HLA (High-response Linear Actuator) is used for the actuator, which is characterized by its high driving accuracy owing to the advanced electronic control, as well as its quietness. The HLA enables fast and accurate autofocus even in ultra-telephoto photography, such as sports and bird, where extremely precise focusing is required. OS2 algorithm in optical stabilizer function The latest OS2 optical stabilization algorithm provides an outstanding image stabilization effect of 5.0 stops*. The lens is equipped with two OS modes: Mode 1 is suitable for general shooting, and Mode 2 is ideal for panning shots of motorsports and other sports. In Mode 2, SIGMA's Intelligent OS, an algorithm specially designed for panning shots, enables effective image stabilization even when the camera is moved vertically or diagonally, irrespective of the horizontal and vertical orientation. This ensures that the subject's movement can be captured without losing the panning shot effect. * Based on CIPA guidelines (Measured at 500mm with a 35mm full-frame image sensor) 2. Compact, lightweight and excellent build quality The lens body has been designed to be small and lightweight in line with the optical system, which has been made significantly more compact. Not only is the lens easy to handle in hand-held use, but it also has the weather resistance of SIGMA's Sports line specifications and the excellent build quality that SIGMA prides itself on in terms of texture and the operating quality of each ring and control. High-precision TSC* parts enable both high performance and compact, lightweight design In order to achieve such a compact, lightweight and robust body, materials such as TSC and magnesium have been used in appropriate places. In particular, the production of a large TSC part that integrates functions as an internal structure, as well as an exterior part to reduce size and weight of the lens are manufactured with micron-level precision and they also have a sleek finish that gives the lens its premium feel. The sophisticated processing and production technology of the Aizu factory, SIGMA's only manufacturing base in Japan, enables the high degree of precise production and ensures the high performance and durability of the lens. * TSC (Thermally Stable Composite) is a type of polycarbonate with a thermal expansion rate similar to that of aluminum. It has a high affinity to metal parts which contributes to high quality product manufacturing. Weatherability of Sports line specifications The mount connection, manual focus ring, switches and exterior connection are all dust and splash resistant to prevent dust and dirt from entering the lens. Further, the front element of the lens features a water and oil repellent coating to facilitate maintenance when water droplets or dust adhere to the lens. Cover-type lens hood included A lightweight, high-strength, exclusive cover-type lens hood made of TSC is included. The tip of the hood is rubberized to protect the lens from abrasion and scratches caused by placing the lens upside down. 3. A wealth of functions to assist in a variety of shooting situations The SIGMA 500mm F5.6 DG DN OS | Sports is equipped with a full range of assist functions including an aperture ring and three AFL buttons* ready to be assigned to preferred functions using the camera. The L-Mount version is also compatible with SIGMA's tele converters for AF-enabled shooting at ultra-telephoto focal lengths of up to 1,000mm. * Function available on supported cameras only. Available functions may vary depending on the camera used. Full range of customizable functions Equipped with a Focus Limiter switch, the lens enables users to limit the focus driving range during AF when necessary, allowing quick and precise focusing. Further, the lens features three AFL buttons which can be assigned to a range of functions via the menu on selected cameras. The AFL buttons are easy to operate regardless of how the camera is oriented, and make accessing important settings quick and easy. For the L-Mount version, the SIGMA USB DOCK UD-11 can be used to set OS operation or the focus limiter range for the Custom Mode switch*. * The assigned setting for lenses for Sony E-mount cannot be changed from the default setting because a USB DOCK for the mount is not available. The default setting allows users to switch the visibility of the OS effect in the viewfinder and live view. Equipped with an aperture ring In addition to an aperture ring, the lens is also equipped with an aperture ring click switch and an aperture ring lock switch, allowing for aperture operation suited to the shooting application. Detachable tripod socket The lightweight and sturdy magnesium alloy tripod socket is Arca-Swiss compatible. The detachable socket comes with a ring that clicks into position at 90° intervals. * The tripod socket TS-151 is compatible with the SIGMA 70-200mm F2.8 DG DN OS | Sports. Tele Converter for L-Mount (1.4x / 2.0x) The L-Mount version of the lens is compatible with the SIGMA TELE CONVERTER TC-1411 (1.4x) and TC-2011 (2.0x). Using a tele converter, the focal length can be multiplied by 1.4x and even 2x, for AF-enabled shooting at ultra-telephoto focal lengths of up to 400mm. [ Additional Features ] Lens construction: 20 elements in 14 groups (3 FLD, 2 SLD elements) OS (Optical Stabilizer) function with the latest "OS2" algorithm Inner focus system Compatible with high-speed autofocus HLA (High-response Linear Actuator) Compatible with Lens Aberration Correction * Function available on supported cameras only. Available corrections or auto correction functionality may vary depending on the camera model. * On cameras where lens aberration correction is controlled with "ON" or "OFF" in the camera menu, please set all aberration correction functions to "ON" (AUTO). Supports DMF and AF+MF Compatible with AF assist (for Sony E-mount only) Super Multi-Layer Coating Water and Oil Repellent Coating (front element) Aperture ring Aperture ring click switch Aperture ring lock switch AFL button (3 buttons) * Function available on supported cameras only. Available functions may vary depending on the camera used. Focus Limiter switch Focus Mode switch Support for switching between linear focus / non-linear focus ring settings (for L-Mount only) * Function available on supported cameras only. OS switch Custom Mode switch Dust and Splash Resistant Structure LENS HOOD LH1034-02 TRIPOD SOCKET TS-151 (detachable lens foot type) Compatible with SIGMA TELE CONVERTER TC-1411 / TC-2011 (sold separately / for L-Mount only) Compatible with SIGMA USB DOCK UD-11 (sold separately / for L-Mount only) Designed to minimize flare and ghosting Every single lens undergoes SIGMA's proprietary MTF measuring system 11-blade rounded diaphragm High-precision, durable brass bayonet mount Mount Conversion Service available "Made in Aizu, Japan" craftsmanship Learn more about SIGMA's craftsmanship here: https://www.sigma-global.com/en/about/craftsmanship/ [ Key Specifications ] The following specifications are for L-Mount. Lens Construction: 20 elements in 14 groups (3 FLD, 2 SLD) Angle of view: 5.0° Number of diaphragm blades: 11 (rounded diaphragm) Minimum aperture: F32 Minimum focusing distance: 320 cm / 126 in. Maximum magnification ratio: 1:6 Filter size: 95mm Dimensions (Max. Diam. x Length): 107.6 x 234.6mm / 4.2 x 9.2 in. Weight: 1,370g / 48.3 oz. (includes tripod foot) [ Product Barcode ] Product Name Barcode L-Mount: 0085126 186692 Sony E-mount: 0085126 186654 [ Accessories: Supplied ] LENS HOOD LH1034-02: 0085126 941239 FRONT CAP LCF-95mm III: 0085126 930042 TRIPOD SOCKET TS-151: 0085126 941109 REAR CAP LCR II (for L-Mount): 0085126 937256 REAR CAP LCR II (for Sony E-mount): 0085126 929879 [ Accessories: Optional ] SIGMA USB DOCK UD-11 for L-Mount: 0085126 878696 SIGMA TELE CONVERTER TC-1411 for L-Mount: 0085126 825690 SIGMA TELE CONVERTER TC-2011 for L-Mount: 0085126 826697 SIGMA WR CERAMIC PROTECTOR 95mm: 0085126 931858 SIGMA WR PROTECTOR 95mm: 0085126 930998 SIGMA PROTECTOR 95mm: 0085126 931124 SIGMA WR UV FILTER 95mm: 0085126 930738 SIGMA WR CIRCULAR PL FILTER 95mm: 0085126-930851 [ Information ] SIGMA Corporation: https://www.sigma-global.com/ Product Information: https://www.sigma-global.com/en/lenses/s024_500_56/ [Contact] For further information, please contact your local authorized SIGMA Service Station listed at the link below: https://www.sigma-global.com/en/corporate/world-network/ [ About SIGMA Corporation ] Craftsmanship. Precision. Dedication. Since 1961, SIGMA has been devoted to the pursuit of advancing photographic technology. Unique to the industry, the family-owned business produces its high-quality, award-winning still photo and cinema camera lenses, DSLR and mirrorless cameras, flashes, filters and accessories from its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility located in Aizu, Japan. In 2012, the company introduced SIGMA Global Vision with three distinct lens lines: Art, Contemporary and Sports. Designed for industry camera mount systems including Canon, Fujifilm, Leica, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Sony and SIGMA, each lens is handcrafted and tested in Japan to ensure a high-performance, premium product that is purpose-built to last. In 2016, the SIGMA Cine lens lineup was launched, further cementing SIGMA as an innovator in imaging engineering. Embodying the core optical DNA that has defined the SIGMA benchmark of excellence, SIGMA Cine lenses meet the needs of advanced 6k and 8k cinema production. Forming the landmark L-Mount alliance alongside Leica and Panasonic in 2018, SIGMA continues its storied tradition of imaging excellence through groundbreaking innovations such as the native L-mount SIGMA fp and fp L full-frame mirrorless digital cameras, announced in July 2019 and March 2021 respectively. These products, along with dozens of award-winning SIGMA Global Vision lenses available in native L-Mount format, demonstrate SIGMA's continued commitment to the creative community through expanded product offerings. With the fp, fp L and these lenses, even more users can now leverage SIGMA's renowned optical formula to achieve their creative vision with ease. For more information about SIGMA America, please visit sigmaphoto.com and SIGMA Blog. Follow SIGMA America (Photo): Facebook | Twitter | Instagram Follow SIGMA Ameica (Cine): Facebook | Twitter | Instagram Contact Details SIGMA CORPORATION OF AMERICA Jack Howard +1 631-201-7381 sigma.pr@sigmaphoto.com SDDPR Stacey Doss +1 631-201-7381 stacey@sddpr.com Company Website https://www.sigmaphoto.com/

February 20, 2024 08:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

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FuelRod Installs Swappable Charger Kiosks at Union Station in DC

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FuelRod, a leading provider of portable power solutions, today announced the installation of their innovative swappable charger kiosks at Union Station in Washington, DC. FuelRod’s patented two-way exchange mobile charging program will help to keep travelers connected as they pass through the station, and act as the latest addition to their growing network of kiosks both within DC and Nationwide. FuelRod’s installation at Washington Union Station—their second within an Amtrak-serving hub, following a 2023 installation at Los Angeles Union Station—will provide city residents and long-distance travelers alike with portable, environmentally friendly power within the railway station. Visitors will now be able to purchase a FuelRod charging kit or swap an empty charger for a fresh, fully charged replacement at the kiosks to be installed. Washington Union Station is the latest FuelRod location to join an already established network throughout the nation’s capital city. Examples of existing stations in DC include the Walter E Washington Convention Center, Entertainment and Sports Arena, Washington Dulles International Airport, Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI), and Six Flags America. “We are extremely proud of the expansion of our FuelRod mobile charging program into Union Station, Washington DC. We have a strong commitment to the traveling public and are focused on continued growth in transportation hubs across the United States,” said COO Joe Yeagley regarding this newest deployment in the nation’s capital. “Staying connected in today’s fast-paced world is more essential than ever, and people on the go should have convenient access to mobile charging regardless of where they happen to be.” The company’s presence in Washington, in turn, is part of a nationwide effort by FuelRod toward a network that people can rely on to stay powered and connected wherever they go. About FuelRod FuelRod is a California-based portable power solutions company and developer of the FuelRod kit—the first reusable, portable charging system that allows you to charge your mobile device on the go, and then recharge or swap for a fresh one. With a growing network of kiosks nationwide, FuelRod can keep your devices powered virtually anywhere you go. Learn more at www.fuel-rod.com. Contact Details Claudio Frescas +1 423-914-9647 claudio@fuel-rod.com Company Website https://www.fuel-rod.com/

February 20, 2024 09:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Apple Shareholder: Company’s Actions on Human Rights Don’t Match Its Words

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Ahead of Apple Inc. ’s annual meeting on February 28, National Legal and Policy Center is highlighting a report it has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission that explains how the iPhone maker’s claims about its respect for human rights fall far short of its real-world engagements and operations. NLPC, a shareholder in Apple, is sponsoring a proposal (No. 8 on Page 97 of the company’s proxy statement ) that asks the company to explain why its actions fail repeatedly to match its statements and policies regarding human rights, especially considering its ongoing pandering to the government of China. The SEC filing builds on the case made in the proposal, with extensive evidence of Apple’s concern for cheap labor and enormous profits, at the expense of the people who buy and make its products under the brutal communist regime. “Over the past ten years, various shareholders have brought at least six different proposals at Apple annual meetings because of its weaknesses when it comes to protecting human rights,” said Paul Chesser, director of NLPC’s Corporate Integrity Project. “Why does the Board of Directors have to keep addressing this issue? Because they only pay lip service to it, while their Chinese government business partners constantly violate standards of respect and decency. The U.S. State Department actually calls it genocide.” NLPC’s proposal and SEC filing note the following examples where Apple fails to follow its own proclamations regarding human rights, rendering them empty: Apple removed the New York Times ’s apps from the App Store in China in 2017, and removed apps including HKmap.live and Quartz from its offerings, during the protests in Hong Kong in 2019; The company severely restricted use of its AirDrop wireless filesharing feature on users’ iPhones during protests against Chairman Xi Jinping’s “zero COVID” policies in late 2022; The Beijing Municipal Bureau of Justice said in January 2024 that it had cracked Apple’s encryption and was able to track senders. According to The Epoch Times, “That allows local police to find ‘several suspects’ who use the iPhone feature to transmit files containing what authorities have referred to as ‘inappropriate remarks,’ according to the agency;” According to Reuters, “Apple has started requiring new apps to show proof of a Chinese government license before their release on its China App Store, joining local rivals that had adopted the policy years earlier to meet tightening state regulations.” Perhaps most telling, the tech giant lobbied against the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act when it was up for consideration in Congress. “Apple wants to avoid this embarrassing issue so badly, that the Board asked the SEC to prevent our proposal from being heard by our fellow shareholders, by claiming that they were already addressing the issue,” Chesser added. “Fortunately – even under a presidential administration cozy with both Big Tech and China – the SEC staff followed the facts instead of political bias, and decided to allow our proposal at the annual meeting. “We look forward to explaining to our fellow shareholders why Apple’s carelessness over human rights presents fiduciary and reputational risks to the company.” ### For more information or to schedule an interview with Paul Chesser, contact Dan Rene at 202-329-8357 or drene@nlpc.org. Please visit http://www.nlpc.org. Founded in 1991, the National Legal and Policy Center promotes ethics in public life through research, investigation, education and legal action. Contact Details National Legal and Policy Center Dan Rene +1 202-329-8357 drene@nlpc.org Company Website http://www.nlpc.org

February 13, 2024 10:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Crypto Analysis Platform yPredict Completes All 8 Rounds of Presale Successfully, Expands Team to Accelerate Growth

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yPredict, an AI-powered crypto analysis platform, today announced it has completed all its presale rounds to develop its platform further. The additional capital will support yPredict's continued growth as it evolves into a fully-fledged asset analysis platform. "We are thrilled to complete this last presale round, which demonstrates strong investor confidence in our vision," said Raj Sharma, CEO of yPredict. "These funds will enable us to accelerate the development of our AI-driven platform as we scale our capabilities to empower crypto & stocks investors with actionable, data-backed insights." With the presale complete, yPredict is expanding its team by hiring for several key roles, including Product Manager, Digital Marketing Specialist, Technical Stock Chart Analysis Content Writer, and Crypto Content Writer. These hires will be instrumental as yPredict cements itself as an industry-leading crypto analysis solution. yPredict leverages advanced AI and machine learning to analyze financial market data and identify profitable trading and investment opportunities. The platform delivers personalized, easy-to-understand analytics to help traders of all skill levels make smarter investment decisions. "We are at the forefront of leveraging AI to democratize access to sophisticated crypto market analysis. Our technology enables anyone, not just seasoned professionals, to trade with confidence," continued Raj Sharma. "With our strong funding base and expanded team, we are poised to take yPredict to new heights in 2024 and beyond." For more information on yPredict and its AI-powered crypto investing platform, visit ypredict.ai. About yPredict yPredict provides AI-powered crypto market analysis platform designed to uncover predictive insights and enable high-probability trading. Built by a team of AI and finance experts, yPredict helps crypto investors of all experience levels make smarter trading decisions through advanced analytics and machine learning. The company is based in Wilmington, DE. Contact Details yPredict Ankit Singh +1 302-597-6768 team@ypredict.ai Company Website https://ypredict.ai/

February 11, 2024 05:25 AM Eastern Standard Time

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HIBBETT X JORDAN RELEASE SECOND ‘CLEARED FOR TAKEOFF’ EPISODE FEATURING FLAG FOOTBALLER, AJA JOHNSON

Hibbett, Inc.

Hibbett, Inc., (NASDAQ:HIBB), an athletic-inspired fashion retailer with more than 1,158 Hibbett and City Gear specialty stores nationwide, today announced the release of the newest Cleared For Takeoff, an uplifting digital series created in partnership with Jordan Brand to amplify stories of young athletes who are winning both in sport and in life. Fans can watch the new episode when it launches here and on the Hibbett YouTube channel beginning on Saturday, February 10 th at 12pm Central. The newest Cleared ForTakeoff episode is an exhilarating compilation of moments spent with south-side Chicago native, female flag footballer, dancer/choreographer, model, actor, sneaker enthusiast and Jordan Women’s Collective alumni, Aja Johnson. A talented artist and athlete, Johnson has been breaking barriers both on stage, in television, as a dance teacher and on the field playing with a successful co-ed flag football league in Chicago. Johnson met with the Cleared For Takeoff crew during a photoshoot in her hometown of Chicago, where she talked about how her determination and being a strong female, has led her to success on and off the field. “What I love about playing coed flag football is that I get to train with people that played in the NFL and played college ball. I’m getting like first-hand top-notch training and discipline in the sport and seeing my progress over the years,” said Aja Johnson. “I think one of the most important aspects of being an athlete is being a team player, it’s what makes you excel in a sport.” “ Cleared for Takeoff has been a hit with the sneaker community, since its debut last December, and we’re thrilled to release our second episode featuring flag footballer, Aja Johnson,” said Sarah Sharp-Wangaard, VP Marketing, Hibbett. “Our commitment to community involvement remains at the forefront of our projects and for this episode, we had the privilege of hosting a local high school female flag football team from Las Vegas, for an engaging event at Hibbett filled with tons of surprises. We are grateful to our partners at Jordan for helping us bring this series to life as we aim to spotlight the stories of people like Aja, who prove that girls can accomplish anything.” To mark Super Bowl weekend and the Jordan Flight Path experience, the Cleared For Takeoff crew headed to Las Vegas to capture an engaging celebration with 30 female varsity flag football players from the Bishop Gorman High School Gaels. The private event took place at the Sahara Hibbett store in Las Vegas and included a surprise appearance and meaningful conversation with NFL Linebacker, Devin White of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Aja Johnson. During the energizing event, the women were treated to full Jordan looks, professional make-up, custom jerseys branded with Team Johnson and Team White, media training, a photoshoot and $500 gift cards with a private shopping experience, courtesy of Hibbett and Jordan. Johnson continued, “I would like the next generation of female football players to really believe in themselves and trust themselves, trust their talents. Whatever desires and dreams you have, it’s your duty to follow them.” Continuing the celebration, Jordan Brand designed an exclusive ‘takeover’ of the Hibbett store located at 4620 West Sahara Ave in Las Vegas, featuring the exclusive Jordan Flight Path. The elevated branding and merchandise backdrop featured athlete signage and new product, bringing the entire Flight Path experience to life for the public. Fans can look forward to more Cleared For Takeoff episodes coming later in 2024. About Hibbett, Inc. Hibbett, headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, is a leading athletic-inspired fashion retailer with 1,158 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 www.hibbett.com. Follow us @hibbettsports and @citygear on Facebook, Instagram and X. Contact Details Wendy Yellin pr@hibbett.com Company Website https://www.Hibbett.com

February 10, 2024 06:19 PM Eastern Standard Time

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HIBBETT X JORDAN RELEASE SECOND ‘CLEARED FOR TAKE OFF’ EPISODE FEATURING FLAG FOOTBALLER, AJA JOHNSON

Hibbett, Inc.

Hibbett, Inc., (NASDAQ:HIBB), an athletic-inspired fashion retailer with more than 1,158 Hibbett and City Gear specialty stores nationwide, today announced the release of the newest Cleared For Takeoff, an uplifting digital series created in partnership with Jordan Brand to amplify stories of young athletes who are winning both in sport and in life. Fans can watch the new episode when it launches here and on the Hibbett YouTube channel beginning on Saturday, February 10 th at 12pm Central. The newest Cleared For Takeoff episode is an exhilarating compilation of moments spent with south-side Chicago native, female flag footballer, dancer/choreographer, model, actor, sneaker enthusiast and Jordan Women’s Collective alumni, Aja Johnson. A talented artist and athlete, Johnson has been breaking barriers both on stage, in television, as a dance teacher and on the field playing with a successful co-ed flag football league in Chicago. Johnson met with the Cleared For Takeoff crew during a photoshoot in her hometown of Chicago, where she talked about how her determination and being a strong female, has led her to success on and off the field. “What I love about playing coed flag football is that I get to train with people that played in the NFL and played college ball. I’m getting like first-hand top-notch training and discipline in the sport and seeing my progress over the years,” said Aja Johnson. “I think one of the most important aspects of being an athlete is being a team player, it’s what makes you excel in a sport.” “ Cleared for Takeoff has been a hit with the sneaker community, since its debut last December, and we’re thrilled to release our second episode featuring flag footballer, Aja Johnson,” said Sarah Sharp-Wangaard, VP Marketing, Hibbett. “Our commitment to community involvement remains at the forefront of our projects and for this episode, we had the privilege of hosting a local high school female flag football team from Las Vegas, for an engaging event at Hibbett filled with tons of surprises. We are grateful to our partners at Jordan for helping us bring this series to life as we aim to spotlight the stories of people like Aja, who prove that girls can accomplish anything.” To mark Super Bowl weekend and the Jordan Flight Path experience, the Cleared For Takeoff crew headed to Las Vegas to capture an engaging celebration with 30 female varsity flag football players from the Bishop Gorman High School Gaels. The private event took place at the Sahara Hibbett store in Las Vegas and included a surprise appearance and meaningful conversation with NFL Linebacker, Devin White of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Aja Johnson. During the energizing event, the women were treated to full Jordan looks, professional make-up, custom jerseys branded with Team Johnson and Team White, media training, a photoshoot and $500 gift cards with a private shopping experience, courtesy of Hibbett and Jordan. Johnson continued, “I would like the next generation of female football players to really believe in themselves and trust themselves, trust their talents. Whatever desires and dreams you have, it’s your duty to follow them.” Continuing the celebration, Jordan Brand designed an exclusive ‘takeover’ of the Hibbett store located at 4620 West Sahara Ave in Las Vegas, featuring the exclusive Jordan Flight Path. The elevated branding and merchandise backdrop featured athlete signage and new product, bringing the entire Flight Path experience to life for the public. Fans can look forward to more Cleared For Takeoff episodes coming later in 2024. About Hibbett, Inc. Hibbett, headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, is a leading athletic-inspired fashion retailer with 1,158 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 www.hibbett.com. Follow us @hibbettsports and @citygear on Facebook, Instagram and X. Contact Details Wendy Yellin pr@hibbett.com Company Website https://www.Hibbett.com

February 09, 2024 02:42 PM Eastern Standard Time

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