Organisers of the 2021 World Games in Birmingham in Alabama have held a workshop to raise awareness of the event in schools across the state.
Kathy Boswell, vice-president of community engagement at Birmingham 2021, said lessons learned from the recent "Live Healthy, Play Global" initiative are already appearing on classroom curriculums.
More than 40 educators from throughout the state participated in a two-day workshop to brainstorm ways to bring the Games into kindergarten through 8th grade classrooms across Alabama.
According to Boswell, the 2021 World Games will be incorporated into history, civics and physical education classes in the state.
She added that the Birmingham 2021 Organising Committee felt it was important to offer students ways to learn about different cultures in their home state.
Boswell said that the team of teachers left the workshop fully equipped with the knowledge needed to incorporate the work of the 2021 World Games into several aspects of a curriculum.
"There were three questions asked," Boswell explained.
"Did you leave understanding The World Games 2021 more than before?
"Did you learn about sports you didn’t realise were a part of The World Games 2021?
"Did you see a sport you would be willing to attend?
"There was 100% agreement on those three key questions.
"That was the greatest takeaway, knowing they left with that knowledge and now can become advocates for information about the event.
"Out of those 40 or so attendees, there’s a smaller design team that has been pulled together.
"They’ll take the ideas those educators thought of at the workshop and begin to build.
"They’ll be designing toolkits and resources that will be accessible to the teachers online to use in their classrooms."
The 11th edition of The World Games - a quadrennial multi-sport event staged by the International World Games Association - is due to be held in Birmingham in Alabama in 2021 from July 15 to 25.
A total of 3,600 athletes from over 30 sports and 100 countries are expected to take part.