World Games 2022 medals will tour Alabama, make a stop in Huntsville

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The World Games 2022 and Hibbets are inviting Alabamians to see and wear the gold, silver and bronze medals that will be placed around the necks of winning athletes when the medals go on tour across the state. (Matthew Niblett / Bham Now)

Anyone who has ever wanted to see a gold medal up close—or even wear a gold, silver or bronze medal—may have the chance to do so in the next few weeks. The World Games 2022 and Hibbett/City Gear are inviting Alabamians to see and wear the gold, silver and bronze medals that will be placed around the necks of winning athletes when the medals go on tour across the state beginning Thursday, March 24.

Where people can see and wear these World Games medals

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For six consecutive Thursday afternoons starting March 24, the medals will make stops in selected Hibbett stores in Mobile, Montgomery, Tuscaloosa, Huntsville, Hoover and Birmingham. (World Games 2022)

For six consecutive Thursday afternoons starting March 24, the medals will make stops in select Hibbett stores in Mobile, Montgomery, Tuscaloosa, Huntsville, Hoover and Birmingham. There, visitors can take their pictures wearing the medals, learn more about The World Games 2022 and visit with the official mascots of The Games, Vulcan and Vesta, presented by O’Neal Steel.

The medals make their way to Huntsville Thursday, April 14 from 4-6 p.m., at Hibbett, 6275 University Dr. NW.

“We are excited to offer this fun opportunity that gives Alabamians a chance to be part of The World Games 2022 and experience the gold, silver and bronze medals for themselves. These special events will be a great time for everyone from children to adults.”

Mike Longo, CEO of Hibbett | City Gear

What to know about the World Games 2022

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The World Games 2022 is the new generation of global sports competition and will feature 3,600 elite athletes from more than 100 countries competing for medals in 34 sports. (World Games 2022)

Organized with the support of the International Olympic Committee, the World Games 2022 competitions in Birmingham from July 7–17 will be the first time The World Games have taken place in the United States since the inaugural edition of the Games were held in Santa Clara, California in 1981. The games will feature 3,600 elite athletes from more than 100 countries competing for medals in 34 sports.

In addition to thousands of athletes, an estimated 500,000 spectators will attend the opening and closing ceremonies and watch incredible displays of athleticism in softball, flag football, gymnastics, dance sport, sumo wrestling, sport climbing, parkour, drone racing and many other sports.

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Michael Seale
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