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Detroit to host the Special Olympics Unified Cup 2022

Sherrie Williams
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Detroit is set to host the Special Olympics Unified Cup 2022 presented by Toyota, as recently announced at a press conference. It will be held next year, from 31 July to 6 August 2022.

Detroit will welcome 32 men’s and women’s football teams, consisting of athletes with and without intellectual disabilities to play side by side. In total, there will be up to 600 athletes from 31 nations.

The 2022 location was revealed in a press conference at the Detroit City Clubhouse in celebration of National Soccer Day, presenting Timothy Hileman, President and CEO of Special Olympics Michigan, Anthony Baines, Special Olympics Athlete Leader, Michigan Senator Adam Hollier, and Deputy Mayor of Detroit Conrad Mallett.

Hileman looks forward to the tremendous week of competition, “We are honored to bring one of the most inclusive sporting events in the world to our great state and the city of Detroit.”

Next year will be the second time in the Special Olympics' 53-year history that the Unified Cup will be conducted. Unified Cup aims to combat the social stigma of intellectual disabilities through such competition, thus building an inclusive community.

During the highly anticipated week, over 10,000 spectators, 1,000 volunteers, and 500 family members and public figures will show up in support of the athletes.

Scheduled to be broadcast from Keyworth Stadium, hundreds of millions of viewers all over the world will witness the finals.

Toyota, ESPN, Ally Financial, Gallagher, The Coca-Cola Company, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, and Blue Care Network join forces to make The Special Olympics Unified Cup Detroit 2022 possible.

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