Opening Ceremony for The World Games was electric [PHOTOS]

Some fun facts about The World Games 2022 (TWG 2022) Birmingham

“An embodiment of the American spirit, Noah Galloway enlisted in the United States Army following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. He became a Sergeant in the 1st Battalion of the 502nd Infantry, 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was severely injured during an IED attack in Yusafiah, Iraq on December 19, 2005. The attack led to Galloway losing his left arm above the elbow and his left leg above the knee.”

In an interview with CBS 42 during the Opening Ceremony, Galloway talked about how moving it was for him to meet athletes from Iraq as part of this experience.

The crowd burst into applause for the Ukrainian delegation

“It was incredibly exciting to witness the “Parade of Athletes” where each country’s athletes walked into the stadium, and especially cool to realize that with each smile and wave, we were representing Birmingham and Alabama!”

Cecilia Wood, Social Media Manager, Baham Now

Mayor Woodfin drove home the theme of unity

“Tonight, we make history together, in the name of unity…You will see firsthand what Southern hospitality is all about. Birmingham, Alabama is here and we’re once again ready to change the globe… You are the legacy of unity.”

Tons of talent went into making the Opening Ceremony a night to remember

Top-notch entertainment at last night’s Opening Ceremony, including Sharrif Simmons, Bootsy Collins and Sheila E. (Bham Now)

Topping the talent list is Grammy Award-winning UAB Music Professor Henry Panion III, Ph.D., who’s serving as Music Director for The World Games.

According to UAB News, Panion “has written more than 45 new orchestral works for this production, including new orchestral arrangements of the artists’ hit songs, as well as fresh arrangements of songs like ‘America the Beautiful’ and ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’.” .’”

Talent included the following:

That’s not even including poet Sharrif Simmons, master of ceremonies Bootsy Collins, gospel singer Yolanda Adams and many, many others.

The evening ended with “Hope of Alabama”, the theme song of TWG 2022, written by Randy Owen of Alabama fame, his daughter Alison Sena Yeuell and Dr. Henry Panion III. All artists who performed on the track are from the state of Alabama, providing another opportunity to showcase our state’s deep well of talent.

The last word: drones were on display

The evening began with a guy flying *on top of a drone* and ended with a drone Vulcan.

Events begin Friday, July 8 and continue through Sunday, July 17. Find out what events and venues still have tickets + get yours today. In case you’re wondering, sumo’s sold out.

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