NEWS RELEASE – September 1, 2021
Orlando, Florida, and Cary, North Carolina: The U.S. International University Sports Federation (USIUSF) and the North Carolina Bid Committee (NCBC) today announced the launch of the new website for the United States Bid for the 2027 Summer World University Games. The URL for the new website is www.ncwug2027bid.com. Today’s date was specifically chosen by the U.S. Bid Team to coincide with the formal opening of the international phase of the bid process for the 2027 Games, as established by the International University Sports Federation (FISU), international governing body of the World University Games.
“I really believe the new website, developed by the wonderful team at Hummingbird Creative Group, a significant sponsor of the bid, captures and reflects the essence of our proposed host region and state,” said Hill Carrow, Chairman & CEO of North Carolina’s bid for the Games. “It is vibrant, colorful, and energetic. The site is informative, helpful, and easy to navigate. The new website reflects the wide variety and diversity not only of the Games and its participants, but also of the Triangle area. It captures the pageantry of the Summer Games and certainly helps generate great excitement for one of the largest and most important Olympic sports events on earth.”
With the announcement of the selection of North Carolina’s Triangle Region, including the cities of Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and Cary, as the USIUSF’s Host City Bid Partner in February of this year, the local bid committee established an initial website designed primarily to educate and inform the public about the World University Games, particularly in the United States where the Games have only been held twice and, therefore, are not as well known.
“The bid committee has now taken the website for the bid to a whole new level,” said Dan Guerrero, President of the USIUSF. “It is a world-class site now, both in terms of look and content – appropriately reflective of the global event the United States is seeking to attract and host in 2027.”
Today marks the start of the international phase of the bid process for the Winter and Summer World University Games for 2027. FISU has also previously announced that it will consider selecting host cities for the 2029 Winter and Summer World University Games simultaneous with the announcement of the 2027 host cities.
“The USIUSF will be in meetings with FISU at the site of the upcoming 2021 Winter World University Games in Lucerne, Switzerland, and at FISU Headquarters in Lausanne next week,” said Delise O’Meally, Secretary General of the USIUSF and FISU Executive Board Member. “I very much look forward to directing my fellow Executive Board members and FISU senior staff to the new website. I believe they will be most impressed and will be very much looking forward to receiving America’s bid for the Games.”
While the content of the new website was written and compiled by the North Carolina staff for the bid, the extensive design and development of the site was led by Hummingbird Creative of Cary, NC, a Champion-level sponsor of North Carolina’s bid and the same firm that designed the widely-praised and highly-acclaimed triangular bid logo (which appears at the top of this release). “It was such an accomplishment to develop an impactful bid logo and brand identity for this amazing event,” said Wendy Coulter, CEO of Hummingbird Creative Group. “With that so well received, our next strategy in raising the bar of the event marketing was a suitably elevated website to complement the logo, and, most importantly, to show that the Triangle, North Carolina, and the United States can deliver at a world-class level for an event of the global stature of the World University Games.”
Though the new website is intended to be the primary starting point for information and updates on the United States bid, the Bid Committee also has a number of social media channels for the latest news on the bid, interviews with North Carolina-connected World University Games alumni, achievements of NC-connected athletes – including WUG alums – in collegiate sports as well as international games such as the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, bid sponsor highlights, insights into the Triangle region and North Carolina, and much more. These social media channels include Facebook (NC 2027 Summer World University Games Bid), Twitter (@NCWUG2027Bid), Instagram (@NCWUG2027Bid), and YouTube (NC WUG 2027 Bid). A direct link to each can be found by clicking on the icons at the bottom of this release.
About the United States International University Sports Federation: Based in Orlando, Florida, the USIUSF is the American organization that holds membership in the International University Sports Federation (FISU) and is the governing body for USA teams participating in the World University Games and World University Championships. USIUSF is comprised of representatives from the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA), the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), and the National Association of Collegiate Athletic Directors (NACDA). For more information on the United States International University Sports Federation, visit United States of America (USA) (fisu.net)
About the North Carolina Bid Committee: Centered in the heart of North Carolina’s Triangle region, the North Carolina Bid Committee is comprised of individuals who are helping with, supporting, and leading an initiative to recruit and host the 2027 Summer World University Games in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill-Cary area of North Carolina, commonly referred to as the Triangle. The NCBC is affiliated with, and supported by, the Triangle Sports Commission, which serves Wake, Durham, and Orange Counties in North Carolina. The primary goals of the NCBC are to host one of the best World University Games ever, with a great participant experience being the primary barometer; and to showcase North Carolina, and the communities and universities that comprise the state’s Triangle region, to the world. North Carolina’s bid is currently sponsored by the Angus Barn, Atlantic Tire & Service, Capitol Broadcasting Company, Cary Chamber of Commerce, Contender eSports, Duke Energy, Duke Health, Edge Printed Products, Hummingbird Creative Group, Martin Marietta, McDonald York Building Company, PNC Bank, Raleigh Orthopaedic, Sports & Properties, Inc., Stewart, Triangle Sports Commission, UNC Health, WakeMed, Wasserman, and York Properties, Inc. For more information on the North Carolina Bid Committee or to make a donation to support the bid, visit www.ncwug2027bid.com.
About the Summer World University Games: The Summer World University Games are the world’s largest event for student athletes, ages 17-27. The rightsholder for the Games is the International University Sports Federation (FISU), based in Lausanne, Switzerland. The World University Games got their formal start with the 1959 Games in Torino, Italy, where 985 athletes from 45 countries competed in 7 sports during a 12-day period. In more recent times, Taipei 2017 for example, 7,377 athletes from 134 countries competed over 13 days in 275 competitive events in 22 sports at 60 venues where 1,957 medals were awarded. The 15 required sports of the Summer World University Games are Archery, Artistic Gymnastics, Athletics (Track & Field), Badminton, Basketball, Diving, Fencing, Judo, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Volleyball, and Water Polo. For its bid for the 2027 WUG, the NCBC has proposed Baseball, Rugby 7s, Soccer, and Softball as the “local option” sports. For more information about the World University Games, FISU, and World University Championships, visit www.fisu.net.
About Hummingbird Creative Group: Headquartered in Cary, NC, Hummingbird is an award-winning branding, marketing, and advertising agency working primarily with leaders of healthcare, life sciences, manufacturing/distribution, B2B and service businesses to define brand strategy, develop sustainable brand messaging and implement marketing tactics through advertising, graphic design, sales enablement, public relations and online marketing services. Hummingbird is a proud Champion sponsor of North Carolina’s bid for the 2027 Summer World University Games. For more information on Hummingbird Creative Group, visit www.hummingbird-creative.com