November 2023: World University Games Update

We hope the holiday season is off to a good start for you. The word “holidays” probably has several connotations for everyone: “relaxation?”— maybe, high activity level – more likely; timelines, deadlines, and stress – almost for sure. But among many good things about the season that can help put your mind (and body?) in a better place is sports. Sports events during this time of year do not take any breaks and perhaps, given the many sports league overlapping seasons, the holiday tournaments, and, of course, bowl games, there are plenty of opportunities to support your favorite sports teams and help you get in that positive holiday spirit. To keep you in the mood, we have a number of good updates to share on the North Carolina USA 2029 FISU World University Games.

The 38th FISU General Assembly in Geneva

The 38th International University Sports Federation (FISU) General Assembly took place November 16-18, 2023, in Geneva, Switzerland. The Assembly, held every other year, in the fall after the Summer World University Games that year, includes representatives from the national federation members of FISU from around the world. This year’s Assembly saw over 300 delegates representing 150 countries gather to conduct the significant business of FISU. In addition to FISU departmental staff and administrative reports about the organization’s activities and finances, attendees also got to hear the final reports and presentations from this year’s Winter and Summer World University Games, in Lake Placid, New York, and Chengdu, China, respectively. Updates were also provided by the Organizing Committee’s for the 2025 FISU World University Games Summer in Rhine-Ruhr, Germany, and the 2027 Summer Games in ChungCheong, South Korea. (North Carolina will be presenting at the next Assembly in 2025). Delegates also heard about preparations for the 2025 Winter World University Games to be held in Torino, Italy.

The FISU General Assembly is also all about the elections that take place on the final day of meetings to select the top officers and Executive Committee members of the organization. FISU elects 8 officer positions and an additional 15 members to its Executive Committee. Leonz Eder, who had been serving as Acting President of the organization for the last two years, was unanimously elected to serve as President of FISU. Other officers elected were First Vice President, Luciano Cabral of Brazil; Vice Presidents Jin Liu of China, Penninah Kabenge of Uganda, Verena Burk of Germany, and Marian Dymalski of Poland; Treasurer Bayasgalan Danzandorj of Mongolia; and Senior Executive Committee Member Martin Doulton of Australia. Representing the USA, Executive Committee Member, Delise O’Meally, former Secretary General of the U.S. Member Federation of FISU and now an executive with the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee, was re-elected to the FISU Executive Committee.

The USA Delegation in Geneva consisted of Dan Guerrero, President of the FISU U.S. Member Federation; Lori Thomas, the new Secretary General for the U.S. Federation; Delise O’Meally; and Brienne Mizell and Hill Carrow representing the North Carolina USA 2029 Organizing Committee. Participation at the Assembly provided an important opportunity to build relationships with the worldwide FISU Family and also to educate people on, and get them excited about, the Games coming to North Carolina. FISU provided a special exhibit for each of the Host Cities for future Games to facilitate the interaction, and our USA Team drew delegates to the NC USA display with pins, stickers, informational brochures, and more. Many thanks to FISU for including our U.S. delegation and for the great support of the Games in North Carolina!

U.S. Delegation in Geneva (L-R): Dan Guerrero, Delise O’Meally, Brienne Mizell, Lori Thomas, Hill Carrow

U.S. Member Federation Undergoes Rebrand

The U.S. Member Federation of FISU, long known as the United States International University Sports Federation (USIUSF), has recently undertaken a rebrand of the organization to University USA or UniUSA for short. Dan Guerrero, the UniUSA President, had this to say about the change: “The UniUSA student-athletes who compete in FISU events, including the World University Games, are highly competitive, finishing near the top of the medal count consistently. We are making efforts to increase the knowledge of what FISU represents and how we cultivate positive relations between the USA and other nations, using sports as a platform to increase dialogue and cultural understanding. Our new brand identity will enhance those efforts as ‘University’ serves to represent for our country: access, opportunity, freedom, and liberty.”

The organizational name rebrand was also accompanied by a new brand visual look. The previous USIUSF logo was ditched for a fresh new, more contemporary look of the UniUSA mark. The new logo includes stars and stripes, fitting, of course, for a patriotic USA Team look. The four stars represent the UniUSA member federations: the NCAA, the NAIA, the NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association), and NACDA (National Association of the Directors of College Athletics). The three stripes represent the three governing bodies of the athletes who represent the USA: NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA. And the “USA” in the middle of the stars and stripes represents the unity of federation members and the student-athletes who support opportunity, freedom, and liberty.

Initial Board of the North Carolina Organizing Committee Holds Annual Meeting

The North Carolina Organizing Committee (NCOC) which will serve as the official Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for the planning, development, and hosting of the 2029 FISU Summer World University Games held its first-ever Annual Meeting this month to help get organizational efforts for the Games fully underway. Hill Carrow, Chairman & CEO of the NCOC, said, “We have a very good group of significant leaders who have come together to form our Organizing Committee’s initial Board of Directors. We are all very much dedicated to diligently working together to plan and stage the very best possible World University Games in 2029 that showcases our universities, our state and country, and provides an unforgettable athlete experience.”

NCOC Board Members are as follows: Richard Beard, President & CEO, Greensboro Sports Foundation; Erika Braun, Manager, Compensation, DLA Piper and current Masters Swimming World Record Holder; Jim Cain, Of Counsel, Kilpatrick Townsend and former U.S. Ambassador to Denmark; Stan Campbell, Retired, and former international university fundraiser; Hill Carrow, Chairman & CEO, and former Chair & CEO of the North Carolina USA Bid for the World University Games; Dragomir Cioroslan, Director of International Strategies & Development, U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee; Michael Goodmon, Vice President of Real Estate, Capitol Broadcasting Company; Nan Hannah, Partner, Hannah, Sheridan & Cochran and Chair, Triangle Sports Commission; Sig Hutchinson, Board Member, GoTriangle and former Chair of the Wake County Commissioners; Nina King, Vice President and Athletic Director, Duke University; Judy Rose, Athletic Director Emeritus, UNC Charlotte and UniUSA Board Member; Ashley Twichell, Professional Swimmer, Olympian and former World University Games athlete; and Ingrid Wicker-McCree, Chair, Durham Sports Commission and former Athletic Director, North Carolina Central University.

Support the Games

Be a vital part of championing the world’s premier event for student-athletes! Bringing the 2029 World University Games to our state promises unparalleled economic advantages for our communities. Seize the chance to spotlight North Carolina on the global stage! Click below to explore the myriad of ways you can contribute and support the Games.

Don’t Forget to Shop Local and Support the WUG

Our new online store is open with 2029 FISU World University Games t’s, polos, hoodies, tanks, caps, and more. Items come in a wide variety of colors, and the store has proven to be quite a popular online shopping destination since it went live May 31. Don’t miss your opportunity to show your support of the 2029 FISU World University Games and snag some excellent quality, name-brand clothing and caps to boot!

Sponsor Thank You’s

We cannot thank our sponsors enough for their strong belief in, and generous support of, the 2029 World University Games. We encourage you to patronize their businesses and give them your own personal thanks when you do.

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