Organizers of the World Games 2022 Birmingham have picked BBVA USA as presenting sponsor for volunteer activities.
The volunteer program will give Birmingham area residents a chance to help with tasks such as hospitality, transportation, medical and events, before, during and after the Games. Volunteers receive special access to tickets and merchandise.
“BBVA USA’s sponsorship isn’t just about putting our logo on the program name,” said BBVA USA Birmingham CEO Andrea Smith. “It’s our way of showing that we’re committed to the city of Birmingham, its prosperity and promoting what the area has to offer. It’s telling that the first U.S. city to host The Games in more than 40 years is Birmingham, a city on the rise. The world is going to have its eyes on our hometown, and we can’t wait for this program and its volunteers to show what the Iron City has to offer on an international stage.”
The World Games, held the summer after the Olympic Games, is an international athletic competition featuring a mix of 33 sports ranging from softball and lacrosse to sumo wrestling and tug of war. The event was last hosted in the United States during its inaugural year in 1981. The 2022 games will feature 3,600 athletes from 100 countries, competing in 25 venues from July 7-17, 2022.
Volunteers will be recruited beginning in mid-2021. Interested persons can register online.
“The World Games 2022 will be the largest international sporting event in the Southeast since the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta,” said Nick Sellers, CEO of The World Games 2022 Birmingham. “And we are fortunate to have BBVA, with their strong history of service across the globe, as our presenting sponsor of The World Games 2022 volunteer program.”
BBVA supported volunteer activities when the Super Bowl was played in Houston, brought NBA basketball to Birmingham in 2018 and contributed $1.5 million to the construction of BBVA Field at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.