University of Alabama Head Coaches Nick Saban and Nate Oats and NFL great Joe Namath will offer their support for The World Games 2022 at an event tonight that marks the 50-day countdown to the international, multi-sport event hosted by Birmingham starting July 7.

The 50-day countdown celebration will feature a fireside chat with the two Alabama head coaches for football and basketball, joined virtually by Namath, who will participate through video conferencing. During the event, Edgar Welden and Ron Froehlich, who were instrumental in bringing The World Games 2022 to Birmingham, will also be recognized for their service.

Where: The Fennec, 1630 2nd Avenue South, Birmingham, at 8 p.m., May 18.

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An Honorary Life President of the International World Games Association, Ron Froehlich counsels The World Games 2022 as a Special Advisor to the Birmingham Organizing Committee. From 1992 to 2014, he served as the President of the International World Games Association. In 2010, Ron was awarded the Olympic Order, the highest award of the Olympic Movement.

Over the course of four decades, Edgar Welden has made significant contributions to education, athletics and economic development through business and philanthropic ventures. A founder and business partner in several real estate companies, he has a lifelong passion for sports and founded the Birmingham Athletic Partnership, which supports youth athletic programs in Birmingham, and helped to bring high school state championship athletic events to the Magic City.

About The World Games 2022 The World Games 2022 Birmingham is an Olympic-style global sport competition, with about 3,600 athletes from all over the world competing for gold in 34 unique, multi-disciplinary sports. There will be more than 25 venues around the greater metropolitan area. The World Games 2022 Birmingham, which marks the 40th anniversary of the event, will take place from July 7-17.