The 2022 World Games bring global education to local schools with a new initiative—learn more

Nick Sellers, CEO of the 2022 World Games. Photo via Sonia Kerrigan for Bham Now

The 2022 World Games and Alabama Blue Cross and Blue Shield unveiled the “Live Healthy, Play Global” educational initiative this morning. This program will provide students in Birmingham and across the state with unique resources inspired by the World Games. We are delighted to share this news with you, Birmingham. Keep reading for the recap.

The World Games in the classroom

Students play floorball.
Elementary students in Sun Valley play floorball, a World Games sport. Photo via Sonia Kerrigan for Bham Now

The excitement of the World Games is coming to schools in Birmingham and across Alabama. With help from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, 40 Alabama educators came together to create and produce the “Live Healthy, Play Global” toolkit.

There are 3 main axes of the toolkit:

  • Accessibility: The toolkit is available online. It offers a wide variety of downloadable digital resources for teachers, public and private schools, homeschoolers, after-school programs, and community organizations.
  • Design: It is designed for children in kindergarten through fifth grade, but can be used by anyone.
  • Alignment with curriculum: With 36 lessons, the toolkit offers a specialized activity for each week of the school year

“Through this effort, the World Games will have a positive impact on our students long after the final medal is awarded.”

Nick Sellers, CEO of the 2022 World Games.

The toolbox in action.
The 2022 World Games map — a resource in the toolkit. Photo via Sonia Kerrigan for Bham Now

The toolkit enables students to engage in learning about the 2022 World Games. Teachers develop lesson plans around the 34 different participating sports and countries.

The resource contains relevant teaching materials that relate to math, science, social studies, and physical education.

Today during the announcement, we saw the toolkit in action. Students at Sun Valley Elementary School played floorball, a World Games sport originating in Sweden.

We look forward to seeing more schools use the “Live Healthy, Play Global” toolkit.

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