Coca-Cola named The World Games 2022 Closing Ceremony presenting sponsor

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Birmingham based Coca-Cola United is the presenting sponsor for The World Games 2022 Closing Ceremonies. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Birmingham’s  Coca-Cola Bottling Company United, Inc. (UNITED) has joined The World Games 2022 (TWG2022) as the presenting sponsor of the closing  ceremonies to be held on July 17, 2022 at Protective Stadium.

It is hard to believe that when you watch the Tokyo Summer Olympics closing ceremonies this weekend—all eyes will be on Birmingham in just 324 days watching the closing ceremonies of The World Games 2022. 

For a global event, TWG2022 has landed a presenting sponsor whose brand is known everywhere on planet earth—Coca-Cola.

“It’s a huge deal for us to have a company like Coca-Cola UNITED on board,” TWG2022 CEO Nick Sellers said. “They are one of the cornerstone companies of the Birmingham community, and as a presenting sponsor, they’re going to take our Closing Ceremony to a new level. We couldn’t be happier to be working with them.”

3rd Largest Bottler in the U.S.

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Image courtesy of Coca-Cola United

Founded in 1902 in Birmingham and headquartered in the Magic City, Coca-Cola UNITED is the third largest bottler of Coca-Cola products in the United States and employs approximately 10,000 people across its six-state footprint of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. It is one of the largest privately held Coca-Cola bottlers in North America.

30+ Sports and 3600+ Athletes

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The World Games 2022 sign at UAB’s BVAA Field. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

TWG2022, an international multi-sport event organized with the support of the International Olympic Committee, will hold its 11th edition in Birmingham from July 7-17, 2022 (get your Tix today!).  An anticipated 3,600 athletes will participate in more than 30 different sports throughout the Games. 

Closing Ceremonies

Who’s performing at TWG 2022 Birmingham Closing Ceremonies? 

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The Blind Boys of Alabama. Photo via Facebook.

Both the Opening and Closing Ceremonies will feature a 75-piece World Games Orchestra and The World Games Youth Choir, both directed by Dr. Henry Panion, artistic director of TWG2022 and professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Coca-Cola is ALL IN

 Coca-Cola UNITED President and CEO John Sherman sums up his company’s excitement to be a part of this global extravaganza. 

“The World Games is a once-in-a-lifetime event for the city of Birmingham. The Closing Ceremony will be a celebration of 10 of the best days in the history of our community and we are proud to join in the festivities and lend our support to an event that puts Birmingham front and center.”

Join In Too

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The World Games Are Coming sign at Crossplex. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

Tickets went on sale last month. I’ve already secured tixs to watch the “Tug of War” at UAB, Flying Discs (Ultimate Frisbee) at John Carroll and the Opening Ceremony

After watching the Tokyo Closing Ceremonies—can’t wait to celebrate TWG2022 Birmingham’s version!

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Pat Byington
Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.
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