HONORARY CO-CHAIRS

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CHARLES BARKLEY


Charles Barkley was named the first Honorary Chair of The World Games 2022 on July 8, 2020. A well-known basketball legend, the NBA MVP will represent The Games, generating excitement and community support for the global event.

A native of Leeds, Alabama, and standout basketball player at Auburn University, went on to have a 16-year, Hall of Fame career in the NBA. During his 16-year career, Barkley was named an NBA All-Star 11 times, captured two Olympic gold medals with Team USA and was named league MVP in 1993.



“I’ve always told anyone who would listen – and even those who wouldn’t – how great the state of Alabama and the Birmingham community are. Being able to be a part of an event like The World Games 2022 is another chance to show the world what this community and its people are all about.”

CHARLES BARKLEY



RANDY OWEN


Randy Owen was named the second Honorary Chair on December 15, 2020. Owen will participate in several events at The World Games 2022, including the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

A Dekalb County, Alabama native, Owen is known for his career as the lead singer of the Country Music Group of the Century (Recording Industry Association of America), Alabama, with 21 gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums, had 43 No. 1 singles, sold more than 75 million records, and earned more than 150 industry awards. Owen was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, Musician’s Hall of Fame, Alabama Music Hall of Fame, Alabama Business Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and received the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor.



“The people in our state have made a tremendous impact on my life and career, and I’m happy to show the world what Alabama is all about. It is my hope that we are able to bring that uniqueness to the forefront and let the light of Alabama shine out into the world.”

RANDY OWEN



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