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Preparations for Unified Cup Draw Ceremony Underway

The Unified Cup kicks off on 31 July, but on 13 May, the 24 delegations traveling to Detroit will find out which teams they will compete against in the group stage.

The Draw Ceremony will start at 8 AM ET and will be held at the Detroit Athletic Club. Anthony Banies, a Special Olympics Michigan Athlete Leader, will provide a keynote address to the attendees and five other local athletes will be present as well.

In the video above, Special Olympics Michigan athlete Max Hinga and Special Olympics Michigan Marketing & Communications Manager Lourin Sprenger dive into precisely how the draw ceremony will work.

The 24 delegations with men’s and women’s divisions having separate draws. From there, they will be randomly drawn and placed into three groups – A, B, and C – each consisting of four teams.

Following the Group Stage, teams will advance to the Medal Round and be placed into divisions based on their performance in the Group Stage. The top team from each group and the next highest-seeded team will advance to Division 1. Division 2 will consist of the following four highest seeded teams. The three teams who finish last in their group and the next lowest-seeded team will compete in Division 3.

All teams will compete in semifinals on 4 August. Winners in Division 1 and 2 will advance to compete in Finals on 6 August, in their respective Divisions. Consolation matches for Division 1 and 2 and the Division 3 Finals will take place 5 August.

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